08/26/2014 1:27PM

Rail Link relocates to Haras de Cercy in France


Rail Link, winner of the 2006 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, has been sold to stand at Haras de Cercy in France, Racing Post reports.

The 11-year-old son of Dansili previously stood at owner/breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, where he entered stud in 2008. Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms operation has retained five lifetime breeding rights in this transaction.

Rail Link is the sire of four crops of racing age, highlighted by Group 3 winners Last Train, Bugie d’Amore, Spillway, Sediciosa, Slovak champion Trip to Rhodos and Spanish champion Belagua. He is also the sire of Wild Wolf, a stakes winner in Italy who finished second in the Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano.

"Haras de Cercy also stands Day Flight and Coastal Path bred by Juddmonte Farms, so we are delighted that Rail Link will be going there,” Juddmonte generalmManager Philip Mitchell told Racing Post. "He will now have an excellent opportunity to continue a successful career at stud under the very experienced and much-respected Jacques Cypres. We wish both the horse and the stud farm every success."

Rail Link won five of seven starts for Juddmonte, earning $1,976,387. In addition to his Arc victory, Rail Link’s 2006 campaign included wins in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris, the Group 2 Prix Niel Casino Barriere d’Enghien les Bains, and the Group 3 Prix du Lys.

The stallion is out of Juddmonte’s winning Theatrical mare Docklands, whose eight winners from 11 foals to race also include Group 2 winner Crossharbour, and Group 3 winner Mainsail and Chelsea Manor. Crossharbour and Chelsea Manor both stand at stud in France.