With group stakes performances in three countries to his credit, Runnymede homebred Archbishop returned to the farm on February 22 after a long journey from Europe.
The now five-year-old son of Arch out of our Carson City mare Avaricity will be rested and then, hopefully, return to training in the United States later this year, said Runnymede General Manager Romain Malhouitre.
“We are glad to welcome him home,” Malhouitre said. “He is such a great racehorse who has always given his best.”
While trained by Brian Meehan in England and racing for Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay, Archbishop dead heated for the win in the Thoroughbred Stakes (G3) at Goodwood Racecourse prior to finishing just a neck short of Group 1 winner Master of Hounds in the international Topkapi Trophy (G2) at Veliefendi Racecourse in Istanbul, Turkey. He also finished second in the Prix Paul de Moussac (G3) in France.
Archbishop is recovering from a tendon injury and will be given the time he needs to fully heal while at Runnymede.
Bred by Runnymede in partnership with James E. Clay II and Martin O’Dowd, Archbishop has a two-year-old half brother by Big Brown named Visceral. He is from the female family of American champion juvenile Top Knight and of Irish two- and three-year-old champion Law Society.