08/06/2003 11:00PM

Red Ransom going to U.K.

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Red Ransom, sire of the 2000 champion turf mare, Perfect Sting, and tRed Ransom going to U.K.

he 2003 Epsom Oaks winner, Casual Look, will relocate from central Kentucky to Dalham Hall in England for 2004.

Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Darley operation, which owns Dalham Hall, announced Thursday that the stallion will leave Tom Simon's Vinery in Lexington, Ky. Vinery will, however, retain its majority interest in Red Ransom, a 16-year-old Roberto stallion.

"Since his early successes with the likes of Sri Pekan and Intikhab, Red Ransom has been rightly popular with European breeders and with owners who race in Europe," said Bates Newton of Vinery. "We remain absolutely committed to him - he's been a good friend to Vinery - but we're delighted he has this opportunity to move to Darley. The strong books of mares he's covered in the last few seasons mean he's assured an even more successful future."

Red Ransom, a son of the Damascus mare Arabia, will stand in England for a fee of 35,000 pounds, or about $54,250. In addition to Perfect Sting, Casual Look, and English champion Intikhab, Red Ransom also has sired 2003 German Group 1 winner Ransom o' War.