The four-time Group 1 winner Waldgeist will begin stud duties at Ballylinch Stud for the 2020 season.

Having crowned his career with a victory over Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Waldgeist retires to stud as the winner of nine races, including eight at group level.

Waldgeist distinguished himself at the highest level at two, winning a strong renewal of the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud from four subsequent Group 1 victors including two Derby winners. Earlier this season he quickened away by four and a half lengths from the high-class pair Study of Man and Ghaiyyath in the Group 1 Prix Ganay over 10 and a half furlongs.

His dam Walderche, who was a Group winner herself, completed a unique double last season when her first two foals won both Group races on the same card at Saint-Cloud. That day Waldlied won the Group 2 Prix de Malleret, scarcely an hour after her brother had triumphed in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud from three other elite level winners.

His trainer Andre Fabre commented, “Waldgeist was a pleasure to train. He showed me early that he was very good, he won a Group 1 at two, and progressed all the way to win the Prix de l’Arc. He had a fantastic attitude to training and racing, acted on any ground, and had a great turn of foot. He was very sound both mentally and physically and I am confident that he has everything it takes to make a top stallion.”

Bred in a partnership between two of Europe’s leading breeders, Gestüt Ammerland and Newsells

Park Stud, Waldgeist raced in the colours carried to victory at the top level by Lope de Vega, Hurricane Run, Baltic Baroness, Grey Lilas and her daughter Golden Lilac.

Managing director John O’Connor said: “The team at Ballylinch are delighted to welcome Waldgeist here to join Lope de Vega. We look forward to working with Dietrich von Botticher and Newsells Park to help develop Waldgeist into another top-class sire. As with all new Ballylinch stallions, we intend to syndicate a number of shares to leading breeders”.

Waldgeist will stand his first season at a fee of €17,500, subject to October 1st terms.