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Lilbourne Lad - Naas 06/06/2011

Lilbourne Lad: will retire to Rathbarry at the end of his juvenile campaign

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LilbourneLad to stand at Rathbarry Stud next year

SATURDAY'S Middle Park Stakes runner-up Lilbourne Lad will stand alongside his sire Acclamation at Rathbarry Stud in County Cork nextyear.

Lilbourne Lad joins the likes of Approve, Dark Angel (also by Acclamation) and Zebedee, who were all also high-class sprint juveniles and were retired to stud after their two-year-old seasons.

Lilbourne Lad has confirmed himself one of the season’s toughest two-year-olds, winning three of his eight starts including the Listed Rochestown Stakes by six lengths and the Group 2 Railway Stakes by three quarters of a length from Tough As Nails.

He has also finished second in the Gimcrack Stakes and fourth in the Phoenix Stakes and Flying Childers Stakes.

Paul Cashman of Rathbarry Stud said: "He has been tough and consistent all season, he's a real credit to hissire. He will probably have one more run. He likes fast ground so it will probably be the Breeders' Cup."

Lilbourne Lad is out of the winning Green Desert mare Sogno Verde, who has also produced Gallinule Stakes runner-up Bobbyscot.

Sogno Verde's first three dams were black-type performers: she is out of Irish Oaks third Gothic Dream, who was in turn out of Irish St Leger heroine Dark Lomond, whose mother was Irish Oaks and Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Arkadina.

A fee for Lilbourne Lad, who Cashman describes as "a very correct, deep bodied horse with a fluent action", will be announced in the coming weeks.





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