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Araafa: the son of Mull Of Kintyre was out of a sister to Pivotal

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Crack miler Araafa dies after heart rupture

CRACK miler Araafa died on Friday morning, not long after arriving at Woodlands Stud in County Galway from Plantation Stud in Newmarket, where he had spent the first five years of his stallion career. He was nine years old.

Plantation Stud confirmed that Araafa had died and that they are waiting on the results of a post-mortem, but that it appeared the horse had ruptured a blood vessel in the heart after covering a mare.

Tony Nerses, racing manager to former owners Imad Al Sagar and Saleh Al Homaizi, said: "He was a great racehorse and gave us our first Classic win.  He had the looks to complement his pedigree. It's very sad."

A son of Mull Of Kintyre out of a sister to Pivotal, Araafa was bought by Nerses for 150,000gns as a yearling.

Under the guidance of Jeremy Noseda, Araafa developed into one of the best milers of 2006, finishing fourth to the brilliant George Washington in the 2,000 Guineas before gaining a surprise victory over the Newmarket winner in the Irish version at the Curragh.

Araafa added an easy victory in the St James's Palace Stakes to his cv and was second behind a back-to-his-best George Washington in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

One year after purchasing Plantation Stud, Dermot and Perle O'Rourke acquired Araafa to stand at the prestigious operation.

The O'Rourkes put Plantation Stud on the market this spring but kept ownership of Araafa, moving him to Woodlands Stud to assume a dual-purpose role from the end of the season.

Araafa's oldest crop are four and his best runners include the multiple winners Methayel and Neutrafa.




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