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Horse Racing: Patriarch dam Early Rising dies, aged 26; BLOODSTOCK DESK.

Byline: Rachel Pagones, Amy Bennett and Nancy Sexton

EARLY RISING, the dam of 1997 St Leger winner Silver Patriarch and the 2004 Ascot Gold Cup hero Papineau, died earlier this week.

The 26-year-old Grey Dawn II mare, who was in retirement at Tony Lakin's Whites Farm Stud, West Sussex, had been suffering from arthritis.

The mare's final foal, the Henry Candy-trained three-year-old Summer's Eve, who is a sister to Papineau, was Group 3-placed this year and will remain in training next season for Lakin's wife Sarah.

Bred by Paul Mellon, Early Rising hailed from an outstanding family. Her own dam was the Tom Rolfe mare Gliding By, a half-sister to the top-class performers Key To The Mint and Key To Content.

A winner over 1m at three for Mellon, Early Rising produced four foals for her owner before being offered at Keeneland's November Breeding Stock sale in 1988, when Lakin bought her on behalf of Peter Winfield. Having been set a budget of $150,000, Lakin managed to secure the mare for one bid more, going to $160,000.

The extra bid paid off, as Early Rising subsequently produced eight surviving foals, seven of whom have won 27 races among them. The four foals born before her sale to Winfield netted 19 races in total.

Her three best performers were all by different sires, with perhaps the most notable the Saddlers' Hall colt Silver Patriarch, who finished second, beaten just a short head by Benny The Dip, in the Derby before carrying the Winfield colours to Classic glory at Doncaster.

The colt went on to further Group 1 success when landing the Coronation Cup and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club the following season and is now standing at the National Stud.

Papineau, a son of Singspiel, also landed the Group 2 Henry II Stakes as well as his Royal Ascot victory for his owners Godolphin.

Early Rising's other foals include another Henry II Stakes winner in My Patriarch, by Be My Guest, and Silver Grey Lady, a sister to Silver Patriarch who finished second in the Lingfield Oaks Trial.

BRICK KILN STUD in Stratford-on-Avon has been leased by Ellie Wright, former manager of the 60-acre property for Mike Anderson. Previously a lecturer at Witney College and assistant trainer, Wright will offer boarding for mares, foals and yearlings as well as breaking-in, lay-ups and sales preparation. She can be contacted on 01789 748130 or at elliejwright@tiscali.co.uk.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2006
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