Gidu, a multiple stakes-winning son of Frankel, will begin his stallion career at Haras Gran Mueñca in Argentina for the 2021 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, the South American publication Turf Diario reports.

The Irish-bred 6-year-old retires with four wins in 21 starts for earnings of $305,457. From the second crop of highly-touted European champion Frankel, he was a $457,683 purchase by Zayat Stables from the 2016 Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale.

After breaking his maiden as a juvenile, Gidu finished second in the Grade 3 Dania Beach Stakes, then earned a pair of non-graded stakes wins in the Columbia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont Park. He was sent to the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting after those wins, where he finished sixth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup.

Though he consistently competed in stakes races throughout the rest of his career, Gidu’s only remaining earned black type came at the beginning of his 2020 campaign, when he finished second in the G3 Tropical Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Per documents released as part of the Zayat Stables bankruptcy filings, Gidu was sold privately for $100,000 in the spring of 2020 as part of the operation’s liquidation of assets. He raced twice for new owner Santa Escolastica Stable, both out-of-the-money efforts in Saratoga, to end his career.

Bred in Ireland by Ecurie Des Monceaux, Gidu is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Manerbe, who is also the dam of Grade 3 winner Marbre Rose and French stakes winner Aviatress.

Gidu hails from the family of Grade 1 winners Zoftig, Zaftig, and Zo Impressive, Grade 2 winner Souper Tapit, Grade 3 winner Verve’s Tale, and classic-placed Tale of Verve.



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