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India loses its second major sire within a week

INDIA has been dealt the blow of losing two of its leading stallions in the space of four days.

Last Wednesday Razeen, sire of 56 individual Indian Classic winners, died at Usha Stud at the age of 24, and on Saturday Placerville died at Poonawalla Stud Farm from cardiac arrest aged 21.

Both horses arrived in India after being trained in Newmarket by Henry Cecil.  Razeen, a son of Northern Dancer, won the Predominate Stakes and started favourite for, but flopped in, the 1990 Derby.

Khalid Abdullah-owned Placerville showed better form, winning his maiden at two and the Feilden and Prince of Wales's Stakes - in which he beat Arc winner Urban Sea - at three.

The son of Mr Prospector and triple Grade 1 winner Classy Cathy retired to stud in India and sired 157 black-type performers there headed by Indian triple crown winner Smart Chieftain. His last major winner came on January 30, when Business Tycoon won the Golconda Derby.

Placerville died having covered one mare this year, Memory Bay, a sister toIndian Group 1 winner and Dubai Carnival scorer Mystical.





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