Kodi Bear and Ajaya new to Rathbarry Stud
Kodi Bear: son of commercially popular sire Kodiac
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Kodi Bear and Ajaya new to Rathbarry for 2017
By James Thomas 9:28PM 2 SEP 2016
RATHBARRY STUD will boast two new stallions on its roster for the 2017 breeding season with Ajaya and Kodi Bear set to start their second careers at the County Cork operation.
Ajaya, a three-year-old son of Invincible Spirit, was a high-class two-year-old for William Haggas, beating Ribchester by a length and a quarter in the 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York and finishing a head second to Gutaifan in the 5½f Prix Robert Papin.
The Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar-owned colt is the first foal out of Nessina, an unraced daughter of Hennessy who is a half-sister to Tantina – the dam of Cityscape and Bated Breath – and from the further family of Xaar and Redoute's Choice.
Haggas said: "Ajaya was a high-class two-year-old blessed with bags of speed and a good temperament. His performance in the Gimcrack was top class, beating subsequent Group 1 winner Ribchester, and he loved fast ground. He's a thoroughly likeable colt who thrived on racing."
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Invincible Spirit has proved to be an effective sire of sires with sons I Am Invincible, Lawman and Zebedee supplying high-class horses.
Kodi Bear won four of his 13 starts for Clive Cox, including the 7f Listed Winkfield Stakes at two, with another Listed success and victory in the 1m Group 3 Sovereign Stakes and Group 2 Celebration Mile at three. He also finished runner-up in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on his fourth outing.
His dam Hawattef has produced seven other winners and hails from the family of Russian Hope, Russian Cross and triple Group 1-winning miler Esoterique.
Kodi Bear becomes the first son of the commercially popular Kodiac – a half-brother to Invincible Spirit – to be retired to stud.
"Kodi Bear was a pleasure to train and showed a lot of class right from the beginning," Cox said. "He was an exceptional winner of the Sovereign Stakes and confirmed that form when winning the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in tremendous style.
"His temperament and appetite for racing are first class and I'm sure he'll pass on these qualities to his offspring."
The fee for both horses will be announced at a later date.
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