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BLOODSTOCK DESK: Top sire Diesis retired from his duties at stud.

Byline: Rachel Pagones and Amy Bennett

DIESIS, the sire of Oaks winners Diminuendo, Love Divine and Ramruma, has been retired from stud duties at Mill Ridge Farm in Kentucky, where the 26-year-old son of Sharpen Up spent his entire stud career. He was said to be suffering significant weakening in his hindquarters, writes Amy Bennett.

From 20 crops of racing age, Diesis has sired seven champions and 83 stakes winners, including 46 Graded winners.

In addition to his trio of Oaks winners, he will be remembered for such high-class performers as Docksider, Elmaamul, Halling, Husband, Knifebox, Magistretti, Storm Trooper and Three Valleys.

While he has been less effective as a sire of sires, Halling, his best stallion son, finished fourth, behind Danehill, Montjeu, and Sadler's Wells, by progeny earnings in Britain and Ireland last year. His daughters have produced over 50 stakes winners to date.

The top two-year-old of his generation, Diesis was trained by Henry Cecil to win the 1982 Middle Park Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes for owner-breeder Lord Howard de Walden, but failed to reproduce that form after suffering lameness before his 2,000 Guineas bid.

He was retired to Mill Ridge for the 1984 season at a fee of $35,000, and his fee remained around that mark throughout his career.

He covered six mares this season, three of whom were scanned in foal, for an advertised fee of $30,000.

Out of the Reliance mare Doubly Sure, Diesis is a full brother to top miler Kris, who was retired from stud in 2002 and died in 2004, and Easter Stakes winner Keen.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2006
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