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TRIPLE Crown winner American Pharoah will stand at Coolmore Stud’s Hunter Valley base in 2017, in a coup for the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry.

The son of one-time Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof The Nile, American Pharoah will fetch a $66,000 standing fee when in Australia, before returning to Kentucky to stand at Ashford Stud for the 2018 season.

“We have been overwhelmed by interest from Australasian breeders in American Pharoah ever since he retired to stud in Kentucky,” Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier said.

“It’s well recognised that he is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and the opportunity to bring him to Australia is an irresistible one.

“I was at Belmont Park the day he won the third leg of the Triple Crown and I can honestly say I have never seen a racehorse like him in my life.

“He is a faultless physical specimen and free of Danehill blood, so is a perfect complement to our own band of Fastnet Rock and Danehill mares.

“We will be supporting him with our own quality mares and we have already had a number of top breeders approach us with the intention of supporting him heavily.

“He excelled in everything he was ever asked to do. He won a Group 1 over 1400m on his second start and was nothing short of a phenomenon from that point onwards.

“I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of offering him to Australian breeders and can’t wait for people to have the opportunity to see him in the spring.”

The Bob Baffert-trained galloper was on the track for just under 15 months, but in that relatively short time he captured the imagination of world racing – becoming the first horse in 37 years to snare each of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

From 11 starts, American Pharoah won nine times – although he didn’t just win. His eight Group 1 wins came by more than 38 lengths combined, and he tallied $8.65 million in career earnings.

Photo: American Pharoah