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First French Trotter To Stand In Ireland

Published: January 22, 2017 6:23 pm ET

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Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud in Ireland have announced that they will be standing the French trotter, Rachmaninov Seven, for the 2017 breeding season.

It will be the first time a French trotter has ever stood in Ireland.

Acquired in a lease arrangement from his owner in Belgium, Rachmaninov Seven is a 12-year-old stallion sired by Korean from the Pelican Du Pont mare, Indiana Of The Bridge.

“We hope to have Rachmaninov Seven at Oakwood Stud by mid-March,” said Derek Delaney. “It's great news for Oakwood to get involved in the breeding of French trotting horses here and to bring a horse of his calibre to the quality broodmares that have been bought in France for Ireland and the UK.”

The resulting foals from the 2017 season at Oakwood Stud will be eligible to all of the LeTrot Series in both Ireland and the UK plus they will be eligible to race not only in France, but throughout Europe.

Rachmaninov Seven made 55 career starts with 12 wins, six second and four third-place finishes with earnings of €418,975 and a record of 1:11.9 at 2,175 meters. He was victorious in the Prix D’Angouleme, Prix Joseph Aveline, Prix De Clermont-Ferrand, Prix Magimnus and the Prix Bernard Le Quellec, all raced at Vincennes, Paris.

He is owned by Lieven de Groot and is being leased from Star Breeding Company. The 2017 year will be the fourth season standing stud for Rachmaninov Seven.

“His oldest foals are now three,” Delaney said. “And the trainers are all talking good things about the ones they have training in Belgium."

Delaney said they have not yet set a stud fee price for Rachmaninov Seven.

“This is a win-win situation for all of us,” Delaney added. “The revitalization of the trotter here in Ireland and the UK over the last year thanks to the arrangements made with LeTrot in France is outstanding and growing by leaps and bounds.”

(Oakwood Stud)

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