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Raven's Pass: Breeders' Cup hero underwent colic surgery last night

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Raven's Pass set to miss rest of breeding season

RAVEN'S PASS, the Breeders' Cup Classic winner who stands under the Darley banner at Kildangan Stud in Ireland,  will be rested from covering duties for at least six weeks after undergoing colic surgery last night.

The son of Elusive Quality, whose first foals were born this year, had already been sidelined last week with a back problem but there is not thought to be a long-term threat to his career at stud.

Jimmy Hyland, Kildangan's Stud Director said, "Unfortunately Raven's Pass underwent colic surgery yesterday. The operation went well and we are relieved he is showing positive signs of recovery."

Among the mares confirmed in foal to Raven's Pass this year are Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime, Wolf Cleugh (dam of Moss Vale), Aliya (dam of G1 winner Alandi) and Photophore, a half-sisterto Elusive Wave.

The first foal of Raven's Pass, who covers at a fee of €30,000, was born on January 12 out of the Danehill mare Pure Illusion.

Last year's book of 116 mares included the talented racemares Soviet Song andPetrushka.






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