RAJASINGHE (15.3hh, 2015 Choisir x Bunditten)
£5,000 (1st October SLF)
The National Stud welcomes a newcomer to its stallion roster in 2019 who boasts the virtues many breeders hold most dear: precocity, pace and a persuasive pedigree.
Rajasinghe demonstrated his early ability when he opened his account by four lengths at Newcastle on debut and by defeating a high-class field of 18 runners in the Coventry Stakes on his very next start.
The margin of supremacy over his rivals at Royal Ascot could be interpreted as more than the official winning distance of a head, as he was bumped soon after leaving the stalls and consequently lost a length or two. Remember too, that he still managed to beat the two-year-old track record for six furlongs that day and that the vanquished included a subsequent Classic winner in Romanised and champion two-year-old US Navy Flag.
Rajasinghe confirmed his class with a solid third to the tough Cardsharp and US Navy Flag in the July Stakes at Newmarket, conceding 3lb to the winner and runner-up.
Those first three runs proved to be the horse’s finest hour, although we will never know how good he might have been at three as his season was restricted to one run due to injury. He certainly looked the sort who could have shone in the Commonwealth Cup or Jersey Stakes, back at Ascot where he had dazzled once already.
Rajasinghe was maintaining family honour in his racing career as he is a son of Choisir, who lit up Royal Ascot in 2003 with his King’s Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes victories and sired another Group 1-winning sprinter at the meeting in Starspangledbanner. The son, in turn, supplied Coventry Stakes winner The Wow Signal and Queen Mary Stakes scorer Anthem Alexander from his first crop despite limited numbers.
Rajasinghe’s dam Bunditten was also a useful sprinter, and the Soviet Star mare has produced another in her image in Kurland. Granddam Felicita was a Listed winner over five and a half to six furlongs and the family is galvanised by Classic class as Bunditten and Felicita descend directly from 1,000 Guineas heroine Caergwrle.
A yearling price-tag of £85,000 attests to Rajasinghe’s good looks, and trainer Richard Spencer would later recall the first time he inspected his star performer, saying: “From day one, he looked a proper horse with a good shoulder, a good backend and a great attitude.”
With all those qualities in mind, it is no surprise that Rajasinghe’s owners Rebel Racing will continue to support the horse in his second career at The National Stud.
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