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Quesnay sire Numerous sold to Saudi Arabia

NUMEROUS, who has been on the stallion roster at the Head family's Haras du Quesnay since 2003, has been sold to a Saudi Arabian buyer and will stand at Al Mughtaragh Stud near Riyadh this season.

The 18-year-old son of Mr Prospector left the Normandy Stud on Wednesday, confirmed a spokeswoman. His fee at Le Quesnay last year was €8,000, and he had been advertised at €4,000 for this season.

A top-priced yearling, he sold in the US in 1992 for $1.7 million. He won four of18 starts, including the Grade 3 Derby Trial Stakes for trainer Charlie Whittingham. He entered stud at Hill 'n' Dale in Kentucky in 1996, and then stood at Haras Firmamento in Argentina, where he continued to shuttle after joining Le Quesnay.

His greatest success as a sire has come in South America, where his champions include Lancettier, Miss Atorranta, Miss Carry, Miss Loren, Miss Terrible, Mr Mat and Paradisus.

In the Northern Hemisphere his best runners have been Canadian champion Numerous Times and US Grade 1 winner Kela.

Out of the Nijinsky mare Number - a half-sister to Nureyev - Numerous is a brother to Jade Robbery, a French Group 1 winner who stood in Japan and Dubai before his death in 2004.





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