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Dante Stakes winner Bonfire gelded

Dante Stakes winner Bonfire, trained by Andrew Balding, has been gelded and will not run again this year.
Dante Stakes winner Bonfire, trained by Andrew Balding, has been gelded and will not run again this year.
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Dante Stakes winner Bonfire, trained by Andrew Balding, has been gelded and will not run again this year. The three-year-old was Group 1-placed as a juvenile and won in the York Group 2 in May. The son of Manduro is owned by Highclere and placed sixth in the Derby. Bonfire also struggled in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last month.

Harry Herbert, horse racing manager for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, told betfair.com: “We have gelded him. We have just taken the view that it's the best thing to do for the horse. Obviously it is not a decision we have taken lightly, but to have a stallion nowadays you need to have a multiple Group 1 winner. It was dreadful seeing him pulling at Sandown as that was a sign that he just wasn't happy and getting a bit anxious about life.”

Bonfire had held an entry for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with Camelot as the betting favourite in that meeting.

In other news, Hammerfest is currently tentative for the Ebor Handicap at York. John Hammond’s five-year-old gelding made his handicap debut at Royal Ascot last month and showed promised in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.