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Romanov: the son of Nureyev raced in the colours of Robert Sangster

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Derby third Romanov dies at stud in Argentina

ROMANOV, winner of the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes and third to Benny The Dip in the 1997 Derby, died at stud in South America on Sunday. The son of Nureyev was 17 years old.

Romanov died at the Haras El Chichino in the Entre Rios province of Argentina. He had moved there from the Haras Firmamento, also in Argentina, only last year.

He was originally retired to Payson Stud in Kentucky and later moved to Walmac Farm, shuttling to Firmamento. In 2003 the Argentinean stud bought him outright and he was moved to South America permanently.

Romanov enjoyed considerable success at stud in South America, siring Group 1 winners Fogoso Nov, Honey Nov and Saludable Nov. He is also damsire of Group 1 scorers Anestesia and Come Into.

Few of his progeny raced in Europe, though Tom Tate trains his talented Argentinean-bred son Balcarce Nov.

A Swettenham Stud homebred for Robert Sangster, Romanov's racing career was overseen by Peter Chapple-Hyam - representing a successful owner-trainer axis in the 1990s that was also responsible for Group 1 winners such as Carmine Lake, Revoque, Rodrigo De Triano and Turtle Island.

A top-flight win eluded Romanov but he proved he was among the best of his generation at three with a victory in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes and third placings in Desert King's Irish 2,000 Guineas andBenny The Dip's Derby.

At four he beat Silver Patriarch to win the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes and ran second to Fragrant Mix in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Romanov was a brother to Group 2 Sun Chariot Stakes winner Red Slippers (dam of Prix de Diane winner West Wind) and a closely-related half-brother to Irish Derby and Oaks heroine Balanchine.

His dam was Fillies' Mile third Morning Devotion, a daughter of Affirmed.




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