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Guineas Hero Kameko to Stand at Tweenhills in 2021

Son of Kitten's Joy will make final start in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T).

Kameko returns with jockey Oisin Murphy after winning the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket

Kameko returns with jockey Oisin Murphy after winning the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket

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Qatar Racing's QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Kameko will be retired to stand at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire at the end of 2020.

Connections intend to give the son of Kitten's Joy  a final start in the Nov. 7 FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile Presented by PDJF (G1T) at Keeneland, having opted out of a run on British Champions Day Oct. 17 at Ascot Racecourse.

Also an impressive winner of last year's Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (G1) and fourth in the Investec Derby (G1), Kameko was most recently seen giving weight away to some very smart rivals in the Shadwell Joel Stakes (G2) at Newmarket.

Bought by Qatar Racing advisor David Redvers for $90,000 from the Paramount Sales consignment at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, he is the obvious replacement to the late Roaring Lion, another outstanding son of Kitten's Joy for the same connections.

Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani, chairman of Qatar Racing, said: "My brothers and I are delighted to own another superstar in Kameko, whose record-breaking 2 and 3-year-old campaigns will live long in our memory. We cannot wait to unveil him to breeders."

Trainer Andrew Balding added: "Kameko is without doubt the best horse I've trained. He has all the attributes of a top-class miler and is a striking horse to look at. I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to train a horse of such class."

Kameko was a first British classic winner for jockey Oisin Murphy, who said: "I felt from the very beginning that this could be a special horse.

"He's the perfect model—he has size, durability, and a great character. To ride, he has super balance, a great turn of foot, and a good mind—you can put him anywhere in a race. He's a machine."

After Kameko's return from the Breeders' Cup, he will be paraded for breeders, along with other Tweenhills stallions Zoustar, Havana Gold, and Lightning Spear, at Longholes Stud in Newmarket during the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. His 2021 stud fee and syndication plans will be announced in due course.