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Rainbow Peak - Ascot - 25.09.09

Rainbow Peak: the son of Hernando is from the family of Celtic Swing

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Rainbow Peak set for sale as Savill downsizes

PETER SAVILL, who enjoyed his first Group 1 winner as a breeder when Rainbow Peak won the Gran Premio del Jockey Club at San Siro on Sunday, expects the son of Hernando to be sold before the end of the season in a private deal.

Savill also revealed that he will sell the four-year-old’s dam Celtic Fling, a half-sister to his brilliant colt Celtic Swing, at this year’s breeding stock sales as part of plans to reduce his number of broodmares to 12 from a peak two to three years ago of 45.

Peter Savill

Peter Savill: keeping 12 mares

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There have been a number of approaches for Rainbow Peak, including from buyers interested in running him at the Dubai carnival, and Savill said: "He won his Group 1 over 1m4f but I think he is also a 1m2f horse.

"He's only had eight racesin his life and [jockey] Neil Callan said we won’t see the best of him until he is five next year, but I am happy to let someone else take over the reins."

Celtic Fling, a daughter of Lion Cavern, will head to the salesin foal to Rock Of Gibraltar. “I have a lot of the family and it is important to run a stud on a commercial basis, especially in this climate,” Savill said.

"I will be concentrating on three families that I have had success with. Anything outside those families we will be dispersed with a view to keeping 12 select mares."

Savill’s trio of foundation families feature that of Celtic Swing and Rainbow Peak; the Casual Look/Shabby Chic family developed by Will Farish; and one featuring Savill-breds Royal And Regal and Celtic Silence.




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