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Fantastic Light - York 17.08.99

Fantastic Light was one of 14 Group/Grade 1 winners by Rahy

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Rahy retired
from stud duty

RAHY, sire of Fantastic Light, has been retired from stud duty by Three Chimneys Farm due to declining fertility. The 24-year-old son of Blushing Groom, who was a foundation stallion for Three Chimneys, will remain at the Kentucky-based stud.

Sold to Sheikh Mohammed for $2m as a yearling, Rahy spent the early part of his racing career with Sir Michael Stoute, for whom he won the Sirenia Stakes and ran second in the Middle Park Stakes.

Transferred as a four-year-old to Neil Drysdale in the US, Rahy went on to take three of his six starts including the Grade 2 Bel Air Handicap by ten lengths.

Rahy retired to Three Chimneys in 1990 at a fee of $15,000, which was to climb to a high of $100,000 as he emerged as a leading international sire. He stood this season for $50,000.

Among his 84 stakes winners to date are 14 Grade 1 scorers and 12 millionaires including multiple Group/Grade 1 winner Fantastic Light, US champions Serena's Song and Dreaming Of Anna, Sussex Stakes winner Noverre and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Rio De La Plata.

"Rahy is one of the most important stallions we've had," said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys. "Not only was standing him a great opportunity for Three Chimneys, but it allowed us to begin a very enjoyable and successful partnership with the Maktoum family."

Rahy is also the broodmare sire of multiple Group 1 winner and leading sire Giant's Causeway as well as other Group/Grade 1 winners such as After Market, Megahertz, Sophisticat and Rutherienne.

Rahy's 19 sons at stud include the Indian-based Noverre, sire of this season's Prix du Jockey-Club hero Le Havre, and Grade 2 winner Lewis Michael, a new addition to the Three Chimneys roster this season.

Out of Canadian Horse of the Year and US champion Glorious Song, Rahy is a half-brother to Singspiel and Rakeen and from the immediate family of Devil's Bag.





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