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Leading Flat stallion now in Ayrshire

IT IS fitting that one of Scotland's leading Flat racehorses has returned to his Scottish roots to stand at stud, writes Melanie Scott.

Orientor was trained in Renfrewshire by Jim Goldie after being purchased as a yearling at the sales until he was retired five years ago. Now he is standing in North Ayrshire, not far from Jim Goldie's training yard's at Alex Bogle yard on the outskirts of Dalry.

Alex had previously bred Welsh section B ponies before selling them to start at university. After studying biology, Alex then worked for leading bloodstock producer Gordon Thom in South Ayrshire for three years.

"Orientor raced 79 times, winning five times including three Group races with prize money over £318,000," said Alex. "His timeform rated 117 and he retired sound and has a very good temperament.

"He's a quiet, laid back horse, and likes to do his own thing. He enjoys getting out, even in the rain, and likes to be fed first."

Orientor's owners had mares kept with Gordon and through this connection gave Alex the chance to have the horse at home. Previously Orientor had been standing at stud in the Cotswolds, his oldest crop of offspring are three years old and perhaps his best known is Jack Dexter which is owned, bred and trained by Jim Goldie. From five wins and two placings from 11 runs with winnings of over £91,000, including a win in the William Hill Bronze Cup at Ayr's September Gold Cup meeting. This was quickly followed up by another win at Ascot's Champions Day, trainer Jim Goldie said afterwards: "It's very emotional win. It's great for the Scottish trainers and as we bred the horse it makes it even more exciting.

"He's by Orientor, one of the best horses we've had, and it's a dream that he might come back and go for the Gold Cup next year."

Another Orientor-sired three-year-old is Colbyor, who is training with Richard Fahey at Malton. So far he's had one win and four placings.

"Orientor is a predominantly Flat sire and will be available to visiting mares in 2013," added Alex. For more information contact Alex on 07824595603 or email orientor@live.co.uk