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Rahy and Singspiel testament to the memory of gifted mare; NANCY SEXTON'S BLOODSTOCK WEEK GLORIOUS LEGACY Classy mare continues to show her influence worldwide.

MARES who produce a series of successful stallions are few and far between but they do exist, with Flower Bowl, dam of His Majesty and Graustark, and Height Of Fashion, dam of Nashwan, Unfuwain and Nayef, two examples that come to mind.

Champion Canadian and American mare Glorious Song arguably went one step further by producing two stallions, Singspiel and Rahy, who excelled on either side of the Atlantic. Another son, Rakeen, was a Group 1-producing sire in South Africa.

The daughter of Halo died in 2003 but her influence remains a constant presence thanks to the ongoing success of the pensioned Rahy and deceased Singspiel, as well as her grandson, Godolphin's Group 1 winner Campanologist.

The past week has been a particularly good one for Rahy, who was represented by Lennox Stakes winner Strong Suit and appeared as the grandsire of Up In Time, who became the 17th stakes winner for Rahy's Sussex Stakes-winning son Noverre when taking Monday's Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar.

Rahy, a diminutive son of Blushing Groom, ran second in the 1988 Middle Park Stakes before developing into a smart miler in America. Retired to Three Chimneys Farm, he was regarded as a consistent and versatile stallion throughout his long career, with his best runners ranging from sprinter Lady Of The Desert to Fantastic Light (1m2f to 1m4f on turf) and Serena's Song (1m1f to 1m2f on dirt).

Strong Suit, who is related to Personal Ensign, is a rare thoroughbred in that he does not contain any Northern Dancer blood.

However, he is inbred 4x4 to Hail To Reason.

The Simon Callaghan-trained Up In Time, meanwhile, is from the final Irish-bred crop of the Indian-based Noverre and was bred in Britain by Larry Stratton, who paid just 3,000gns for her dam, Up At Dawn, at Tattersalls in December 2007.

She is the first foal of her dam, an Inchinor granddaughter of noted Whatton Manor Stud mare Upend, the 1988 St Simon Stakes winner who produced the high-class Musicanna and the dam of Overdose.

However, the most interesting pedigree pattern of the week belongs to Sunday's minor Del Mar Stakes winner Andina, the result of a bold experiment by Darley. She is by Singspiel and out of a mare by Rahy, and therefore closely inbred to Glorious Song.

Inbreeding to influential mares is a method that has been successfully employed by breeders - look no further than the Kingmambo-Sadler's Wells nick which provides inbreeding to Special - and Andina is one of only four foals bred in Europe and America so closely inbred to Glorious Song.

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Rahy's son Strong Suit lands Tuesday's Lennox Stakes at Goodwood
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2011
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