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CHAMPION Sprinter Red Ray has been retired to Klawervlei Stud, where he will take up stallion duties this year.

The six-year-old Lammerskraal-bred bay by Western Winter from Nacarat (Pas De Quoi), raced 18 times for five wins and eight places. His wins for trainer Joey Ramsden included the Gr1 2016 Mercury Sprint over 1200m and the Gr3 2014 Cape Classic over 1400m, in which he beat subsequent Durban July winner Legislate by 2.50-lengths.

Red Ray was narrowly defeated in the Gr1 SA Nursery (11600m), the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship (1000m) and the Gr1 Golden Horseshoe (1200m), and also finished third in the Gr1 Cape Guineas, within a length of Elusive Gold.

“Red Ray was a cracking and versatile racehorse and he is related to the best. His full-sister Nania is a Gr1 winner and his full-brother Brutal Force has won a Gr2 and is being aimed at this year’s Gr1 Computaform Sprint.   Their dam Nacarat is a wonder mare,” said Derek Brugman of Mayfair Speculators, who will be syndicating Red Ray at R100,000 a share, with 60 shares available.

“This means that Red Ray is valued at R6-million and his shares are of great value considering we had a yearling that sold for that amount this year,” said Brugman.

Marketing material is being prepared and will be sent to prospective shareholders in due course.

Photo: Red Ray. (Liesl King)