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Rio Normandy Bound

Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Godolphin's triple Gr1 winner Rio De La Plata (Rahy-Express Way, by Ahmad) has been retired, reports www.racingpost.com and will commence stud duties in 2013 at Haras du Logis in Normandy, France.  Winning the Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere as a 2YO and then in 2010 capturing both the Gr1 Premio Vittorio de Capua and Gr1 Premio Roma, he concludes his racing career with 8 wins and 11 placings from 30 starts and nearly £1million in earnings.  Darley's director of stallions Sam Bullard noted: "Rio de la Plata was a very high-class two-year-old who proved to be notably durable and talented over a long career at the top. With those attributes, his powerful looks and his telling burst of acceleration, plus a pedigree that is an outcross to the major lines of the day, we are sure he will be popular with breeders."

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