Alamshar sold to Japanese - 2003-10-07
Alamshar has been sold to the Japan Racing Association by The Aga Khan and will not run in the Canadian International at Woodbine. Winner of the Irish Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Alamshar will have one more race before heading to Japan for stud duties: the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 18.Trainer John Oxx said that the Canadian International was ruled out because of the presence of West Nile virus near Toronto, which would make passage into Japan difficult.
Meanwhile, Arc runner-up Mubtaker is still a possibility for the Canadian International, although trainer Marcus Tregoning said that getting him on a plane by Friday for the Oct. 19 race is a tight fit.
The Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Cup are options for Mubtaker, but Tregoning also said that the 6-year-old may not run again until next year.
As for Falbrav, trainer Luca Cumani said the Breeders' Cup Turf is the preferred spot for the six-time Group 1 winner, but a choice between that race and the Champion will not be made until after his next workout. Falbrav must be supplemented to the Turf for $180,000.