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Ribchester Has Right Credentials for Australia
The arrival of dual Champion European miler Ribchester at Darley's Kelvinside farm in NSW this season not only offers breeders the opportunity to send their mares to a hugely exciting young stallion, but also one that possesses a rare set of Stakes-winning qualities. Ribchester brings to Australia assets that have been shown to be perfectly suited to the local environment: a son of successful shuttle stallion Iffraaj, record-breaking form at a mile, and free of Danehill/Danzig blood. Trained by Richard Fahey, Ribchester (Iffraaj-Mujarah, by Marju) won 6 of his 16 starts for £2.7 million in prize money. His biggest wins were in the Gr1 Prix Jacques le Marois, Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes and Gr1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp which earned him Champion European miler honours in 2017. Ribchester, the highest-rated horse descended from the blue hen Fall Aspen after the great Dubai Millennium, began stud duties at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland for €30,000 earlier this year. Darley's Head of Sales in Australia, Alastair Pulford, describes Ribchester as, "one of the best shuttle stallions the organisation has ever stood." Pulford continued, "His father Iffraaj is a top Mr Prospector-line sire who has already succeeded in this part of the world. Ribchester represents a great outcross for the many Danehill-line mares in this country – mares by Exceed And Excel, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and many others are really going to suit this magnificent individual." Ribchester will stand his first Australian season at $24,750.