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Rayeni: the son of Indian Ridge will stand at the Haras des Sablonnets

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Classic runner-up Rayeni to stud in Normandy

RAYENI, runner-up to Mastercraftsman in the 2009 Irish 2,000 Guineas, has been acquired by Antoine de Talhouet-Roy and will begin his stallion career at the Haras des Sablonnets alongside Smadoun and Barastraight next year.

Bred and raced by the Aga Khan and trained by John Oxx, Rayeni won both his two starts at two, including the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes.

On his debut at three he split Mastercraftsman and Soul City when second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Later that season he won the Listed Waterford Stakes over 7f.

At the end of a winless four-year-old season Rayeni was sold to French trainer Xavier Nakkachdji for €72,000 at the Arqana Arc horses-in-training sale. He finished third in a 6f conditions stakes for his new connections this year.

Rayeni is by Indian Ridge and out of the winning mare Rayyana, a daughter of Rainbow Quest and Royal Whip Stakes scorer Rayseka from the family of Prix de l'Opera winner Kinnaird.

Another French-based stallion son of Indian Ridge recently hit the headlines, when Nicobar sired this month's Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden.

Rayeni's introductory stud fee has been set at €2,000.




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