The Aga Khan's two-year-old Rayeni after the Killavullan Stakes-Gr3PICTURE: Caroline Norris
Son of Indian Ridge
wins Killavullan Stakes
RAYENI became the latest stakes winner for his deceased sire Indian Ridge when taking the Killavullan Stakes-Gr3 at Leopardstown.
Bred by the Aga Khan, his dam Rayyana (Rainbow Quest) won just one race but two of her half-siblings have been stakes performers: Rafayda (Doyoun) won the Park Stakes-Gr2 as a juvenile and Rayshan (Darshaan) finished third in the Curragh Cup-Gr3.
Rayeni's grand-dam Rayseka won the Irish Oaks Trial, the Royal Whip Stakes-Gr3, finished second in the Prix De Royallieu-Gr2 and at four was runner-up in the Irish St Leger-Gr1.
Trainer John Oxx said of Rayeni: "He's a very nice horse, he's very quiet at home and has never put a foot wrong.
"We didn't expect him to win first time out at Naas and he's improving all the time. He must have that ground [yielding] though."
The two-year-old colt's preference for softer going is very indicative of progeny by the former Irish National Stud stallion Indian Ridge, whose last yearlings sold this autumn at an average of 75,000gns. His top-priced offering, a colt out of the Sadler's Wells mare Tutu Much, was bought by Shadwell Estates for €300,000.