A decision on whether Carnegie will stand in New Zealand
again this season or relocate to Darley's Australian base in New South Wales is being
mulled over by one of the world's richest men.
Darley's Australian representative Oliver Tait said today
that a decision would be likely in the next couple of months.
"We will be able to confirm where Carnegie is standing
for the 2002 season after Easter," Tait reported.
"Trelawney Stud have done a great job with him,"
The final decision will be made by the stallion's owner
Sheikh Mohammed, and there is a chance Australian based breeders could see the son of
Sadler's Wells standing at Darley's base at Collingrove Stud in the Hunter Valley.
Carnegie is making every post a winner of late with the
exploits of his in form three-year-old son Carnegie Express, who swept away with his
second consecutive Group One race in Saturday's Rosehill Guineas in Sydney.
Although Trelawney Stud welcomed the win of Carnegie
Express, the earlier win of the previously unraced Rohatyn in the listed Australian Cup
Carnival Stakes at Flemington would have also given Carnegie fans a great deal of
Rohatyn, a member of Robbie Laing's Sutton Grange Complex
north of Melbourne, became Carnegie's first south hemisphere based two-year-old stakes
Laing was confident the youngster would prove hard to beat
despite a setback at the same track a fortnight earlier.
The $47,000 New Zealand yearling purchase was set to debut
down the straight but was a late scratching after escaping behind the barriers and
Thankfully the youngster came out of the incident unscathed
and as Laing put it after the win, "I guess it was worth the wait."
Laing is predicting his young colt has a bright future and
his immediate future is still being finalised.
"Where he goes from now all depends on how he pulls
up. We may give him a break and set him for the Spring," Laing said.
"I've got no doubt he will get better as the distance
get longer," Laing said of Rohatyn after he worked home strongly to down the speedy
Oronoko over 1200 metres.
While Trelawney Stud has welcomed the results achieved by
Carnegie (who's other top stakes performers include Amalfi, Sircarn Damon and Carnegie
Daian), they have their fingers crossed they can retain the services of the Arc winner to
stand in 2002.
But that decision rests in the hands of Sheikh Mohammed.