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Equiano - Royal Ascot - 17.06.08

Equiano: shares his sire, Acclamation, with leading freshman Dark Angel

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Equiano to shuttle to Swettenham Stud

DUAL King's Stand Stakes winner Equiano is to shuttle to Swettenham Stud in Victoria, Australia, for the southern-hemisphere breeding season.

The six-year-old son of Acclamation stood his first European season at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire this year.

Swettenham Stud director Adam Sangster said: "I have been constantly analysing European sprinters, seeking those tested and proven on the Royal Ascot and Newmarket tracks and Equiano reminds me so much of Oasis Dream, who we nearly secured for the southern hemisphere."

He added: "Equiano has the physical type and the sprinting blood to excite any breeder and the partners in Europe at Newsells Park have made a commitment to support this stallion with mares in his first four seasons.

"My pedigree analyst has already chosen a large number of our mares here for the same purpose making it an easy decision to stand Equiano."

Equiano's Australian fee has been set at A$16,500 with an ‘early-bird' incentive of an A$15,000 fee.

Equiano won his first King's Stand at three, when trained in Spain by Mauricio Delcher Sanchez, and doubled up in the race two years later after being transferred to be trained by Barry Hills.

Acclamation's credentials as a sire of sires have been done no harm this season, with his first-crop son Dark Angel currently the runaway leading European freshman sire by number of winners.




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