Record-breaking Gr.2 Coventry Stakes hero Rajasinghe has been retired to stand at The National Stud in Newmarket.
Rajasinghe showed an exceptional turn of foot when breaking the track record and running the fastest ever recorded time for a two-year-old over six furlongs at Royal Ascot, beating subsequent Classic winner Romanised and Gr.1 winner US Navy Flag.
He followed up that run with another top performance when finishing third in the Gr.2 July Stakes at Newmarket.
Trainer Richard Spencer said:
“His win at Royal Ascot last year helped put us on the map. It was a very special day and a fantastic performance to beat the track record.
To have a two year-old that posted a quicker time than the likes of Canford Cliffs and Dawn Approach in the race is very special and I look forward to seeing his progeny in years to come.”
Rajasinghe is a son of Choisir, who has produced 11 Gr.1 winners to date including Starspangledbanner who has made an immediate impact at stud, most notably when siring Gr.1 winner The Wow Signal.
Tim Lane, Stud Director at The National Stud said:
“We’re hugely excited to stand Rajasinghe at the National Stud in Newmarket. His record speaks for itself, he’s a Gr.2-winning son of Choisir who broke the track record at Royal Ascot when winning the Coventry Stakes.
Rasjasinghe is a good looking horse with an excellent walk and he will be commercially attractive for breeders, which is proven by the recent the success of the sire line at the yearling sales. With the support of Phil Cunningham and Rebel Racing, we believe Rajasinghe will be very successful.”
Rajasinghe will be managed by the Avenue Bloodstock team of John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Amy Lanigan. He will stand at a fee of £5,000 Oct 1, SLF. Lifetime breeding rights will also be sold.