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Sayif John Guest Diadem stakes Ascot - 27.09.2009

Sayif (right): Group 1-placed juvenile will stand at Llety Stud

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High-class sprinter Sayif to stand at Llety Stud

SAYIF, a high-class two-year-old who trained on to win the Diadem Stakes, has been retired to stand at Llety Stud. A fee of £3,000 has been set for the son of Kheleyf.

Trained initially by Peter Chapple-Hyam on behalf of Saleh Al-Homaizi and Imad al Sagar, Sayif was a quick and precocious two-year-old, running second in the July Stakes on his second start before filling third in the Vintage and Mill Reef Stakes. He signed off his successful juvenile season by running second to Bushranger in the Middle Park Stakes.

Sayif returned to the following year to record a comfortable success against older horses in the Diadem Stakes. He was also fourth behind Regal Parade in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock with the likes of Equiano and Art Connoisseur in behind.

He was later transferred to Patrick Biancone in the US, for whom he won the Listed Battlefield Stakes at Monmouth Park. He was also second in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap and Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes.

Sayif, which means sword in Arabic, was bred by Sir Eric Parker at Crimbourne Stud and purchased as a yearling by Tony Nerses for 200,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

"We are truly delighted to be standing Sayif for his owners and feel that he offers a serious opportunity for breeders to use a stallion who should get tough, running, winning two-year-olds as well as successful older horses," said David Hodge of Llety Stud.

"Sayif is by an up and coming sire from one of the best sire lines in the stud book and acted on any ground. He should prove extremely popular with the commercial breeder who is looking for speed and toughness. His fee offers a real chance to cash in at the sales."

Tony Nerses, on behalf of the owners, said: "Sayif is one of the nicest horses I have bought. He cost 200,000gns at B00k 1 of the Tattersalls October sales and he has easily matched that price with his racing performance.

"He is a good looking, well topped, correct and free moving individual, who won the Group 2 Diadem Stakes in impressive style and was Group 1-placed. On the racecourse his performance has easily matched his good looks.

"He is the best son of his sire, Kheleyf, and comes from a speedy family. His half-brother Hunter Street won the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes over 5f, and I feel sure he will make an excellent addition to the stallion ranks.

"Saleh Al-Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar will be supporting Sayif with their mares."




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