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Breeders' Cup Winner Retires To Ridgeview Park
Breeders' Cup winner London Bridge (USA) has joined the Ridgeview Park roster at Muskerry East in Victoria. London Bridge is the first son of Roberto line stallion and leading Kentucky sire Arch (Kris S) to stand in Australia. The 5YOs biggest victory was in the 2013 Gr2 Breeders' Cup Marathon where he powered home to defeat older horses by a length at Santa Anita. Beginning his career in England, London Bridge completed a hat-trick as a summer three year-old at Brighton, Sandown and Ripon to book a place in the Breeders' Cup Championships. "He was never really sure on the dirt," winning jockey Mike Smith said. "It would have been a much better victory on grass." London Bridge (Arch-Kindness, by Indian Ridge) was raced by Waratah Thoroughbreds owner Paul Fudge and the Australian expat will stand him in association with Ridgeview Park's Phil and Fiona Sloane. Purchased for US$130,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale, London Bridge won 4 of his 9 starts and earned $307,960. His younger half-sister Letterfromamerica (Ghostzapper) was a juvenile winner in Ireland and was placed in last year's UAE 1000 Guineas Trial at Meydan. Their dam Kindness is a half-sister to Magical Fantasy (Diesis), a 4-time Gr1 winner of the Del Mar Oaks, Gamely Stakes, John C Mabee Stakes & Yellow Ribbon Stakes. Another Gr1 sprinter a generation removed is Keen Hunter (Diesis), a two-time winner of one of Europe's most prestigious sprints - the Gr1 Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp. London Bridge will stand for an introductory fee of $4,950 (inc GST) this year.