“Exceptional Sprinter” Dragon Symbol Retired To Whitsbury Manor Stud For 2024

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High class sprinter Dragon Symbol (GB) (Cable Bay {Ire}–Arcamist {GB}, by Arcano {Ire}) has been retired from racing and will stand at Whitsbury Manor Stud in 2024. A fee will be announced later.

A winner of his first four starts before missing by a nose in the G2 Sandy Lane S. in May of 2021 for Roger Varian and owner Yoshiro Kubota, he was first past the post in the G1 Commonwealth Cup a month later before being disqualified and placed second. The son of the winning Arcamist was also runner-up in the G1 July Cup, the G2 King George S., and third in the G1 Nunthorpe S. in succession that term. A five-time winner, Dragon Symbol also placed in the Listed Achilles S. in 2022. His record stands at 17-5-5-1, with $538,828 in earnings.

Ed Harper, director of Whitsbury Manor Stud, said, “In the helter-skelter world of sprinting it is very rare to find elite level consistency, but Dragon Symbol put together a sequence of five top-class performances every month from the Sandy Lane in May, to the Nunthorpe in August, marking him down as an exceptional sprinter.”

Bred by Whitsbury Manor, the grey was picked up for 67,000gns out of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 3 by Mags O'Toole and Oak Tree Farm. His second dam is the G1 Prix Saint-Alary third Good Enough (Fr) (Mukaddamah), who foaled the stakes winners Smart Enough (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}) and Oasis Dancer (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

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