IT was announced earlier this month that Arrigo, a 16-year-old son of stallion Shirocco, has relocated from Yorton Stud in Powys to a farm in Somerset. 

Arrigo has moved to Bullbrook Farm near Somerton to live with Chloe Roddick and her husband Philip Maloney. The arrangement is to place the horse in an area of the country synonymous with jump racing success. 

Chloe and Philip have been standing sport horse stallions and boarding mares alongside a breaking and pre-training operation.

“Standing a thoroughbred stallion has been a dream of ours for many years," Chloe said.

"To stand Arrigo, a beautiful stallion with an outstanding pedigree, makes that come true and more.

“We are based in an area of the country which is well-known for jump racing and point-to-pointing, with some leading trainers and popular racecourses.

"Bringing Arrigo to this area opens up an opportunity for West Country breeders, but we will be delighted to talk to mare owners wherever they are based. The breeding season is up and running and we cannot wait to show Arrigo to prospective clients.

“We have known David Futter and his family for many years through taking mares to be covered by Yorton stallions. I mentioned we were hoping to stand a thoroughbred sire and the idea rolled from there. We are enormously grateful to Yorton Stud and to James and Jean Potter who jointly-own Arrigo.”

Arrigo joined Yorton Farm Stud in 2021 having been based in France. He was bred by leading German breeders Gestut Schlenderhan out of the winning Last Tycoon mare Aiyana, Arrigo was a Gr.2 winner and Gr.1-placed on the Flat over 11 and 12 furlongs.

David, from Yorton Farm, added: “It’s very satisfying for us to have this opportunity to work with Chloe and Philip and to send Arrigo to an area of Britain which has a strong connection with Jump racing, point-to-pointing and breeding. In the three years he has been standing at Yorton he has covered some outstanding mares, including our own and those belonging to James and Jean Potter, and he has some lovely foals on the ground. They include a half-brother to Gr.1 winner Inthepocket.

“He is very much still part of our team and we will continue to send mares to him. After all, buyers of his stock sold in Britain include such learned judges as Stroud Coleman Bloodstock, Hugo Merrienne, Monbeg Stables and Nicky Bertran de Balanda.”

Arrigo will stand under the Chloe Roddick Racing banner at a fee of £2,000.