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Grade 2-winning son of Sunday Silence snapped up by Lanwades; BLOODSTOCK WORLD.

Byline: By Martin Stevens

LANWADES STUD has acquired the Japanese Grade 2 winner Vita Rosa, a son of Sunday Silence, for the 2009 season.

He will be the first - and so far only - stallion son of Sunday Silence to stand in Great Britain or Ireland when he commences stud duties in Newmarket next year.

The eight-year-old showed considerable class and durability during his racing career in Japan, winning six races and finishing placed 15 times between the ages of two and seven.

His most high-profile victory came in Grade 2 company over 1m3f at Nakayama. He also recorded two Grade 3 wins, over 1m1f and 1m2f, and finished second in three other Graded races for his owner-breeders, Shadai Farm.

Vita Rosa's brother, Rosado, is a Grade 2 winner in Japan, and his Shirley Heights half-sister, Rose Colour, has produced a Grade 2 winner - Rosenkreuz - and Grade 1-placed mare Rosebud, both by Sunday Silence.

His granddam is the excellent racemare Riverqueen, winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix St Alary and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Sunday Silence was the most influential sire in Japan of modern times. He was the country's leading sire every year from 1995 until 2007, five years after his death. His best runners include Deep Impact, Heart's Cry and Zenno Rob Roy.

His influence has also spread outside of Japan, and he has sons standing at stud in the US, Australia and in Europe, where Haras de Lonray has led the way in importing his sons to cover mares in France.

One of those, Divine Light, sired this year's 1,000 Guineas heroine Natagora.

Although Divine Light was subsequently sold to the Turkish Jockey Club, Lonray still stands three other sons of Sunday Silence - Agnes Kamikaze, Great Journey and Samson Happy.

Another son, the Group 3 winner Layman, stands at Haras du Logis.

Kirsten Rausing, owner and general manager of Lanwades Stud, said: "This acquisition is the result of a direct collaboration between Lanwades and Shadai Farm - two of the last remaining independent stallion studs.

"I was very keen on getting a son of Sunday Silence - he is an absolutely super stallion, and his sons are doing very well across the world.

"Vita Rosa is a big, strong horse; very correct and very elegant at the same time. He has a great presence and a lovely length of bone. He's from the Hail To Reason sire line, so he'll be a suitable outcross for a wide variety of mares."

Vita Rosa will stand at a fee of pounds 4,500 in his first year at stud.

"The fee was calculated in view of the current economic environment," Rausing said. "As we saw at this season's yearling sales, a number of horses were being sold at well below their production cost.

So we feel that the horse standing at this fee will attract commercial breeders and the very few remaining ownerbreeders."

All Lanwades stallions, including Vita Rosa, will be paraded between 11am and 3pm during the stud's open day on Sunday, November 30.


Vita Rosa in Grade 2-winning action in his native Japan. He will stand at stud in Newmarket next year
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2008
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