“Very easy on the eye,” is how Oritah Park, Kerang’s Andrea Otto describes Raheeb, the former Queensland based stallion who makes Victoria his home this spring.
Arriving at the northern Victorian property on Wednesday morning, the handsome chestnut has the look of a male model… handsome with a confident swagger!
“He is just a gorgeous stallion,” Otto said, noting that everyone who saw Raheeb at the track said the same thing – “he was always a stand-out.”
A powerfully built chestnut, Raheeb has the classic good looks of his sire Royal Academy, a horse who was considered by many great judges to be equine perfection.
Raheeb is a son of the dual stakes winning, Group One placed (second to speedster Mookta in the Newmarket Handicap) Marauding mare Gatana, also dam of Blue Diamond Prelude winner Piccadilly Circus – in turn dam of two times Champion Sire Fastnet Rock,
A full brother to Piccadilly Circus, Raheeb – on the back of two impressive trial victories – was sent out a hot odds-on favourite at his Wyong debut in January 2007 and he could not have been more impressive racing away by 4 1/4 lengths.
Quickly progressing through the grades, Raheeb was slowly away in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes at just his fifth start, only just missing out in trying conditions.
After several stakes placings, it was his turn for stakes glory in the Group 3 Cameron Stakes at Newcastle.
Retiring to stud as the winner of four races and more than $350,000 in stakes, Raheeb kicked off his breeding career at the now defunct Patinack Farm before moving to Wattle Brae Stud.
As is so often the case with stallions who have been moved around, his stud career has been disrupted with his mare numbers dropping off. He has however proven a source of winners with 38 winners and 20 place-getters from just 92 runners.
All That Is, Raheeba, Clair and Bambino Clementine are all metropolitan winners whilst Man Around Town and Ribands have been prolific performers on the provincial circuit. As has La La Loopsy who looked good winning four of her seven starts to date – also a game second in the $150,000 Western Qualifier of the Country Championships at Dubbo.
Keen to give Raheeb every chance in Victoria, Oritah Park is offering discounts to mares who match up well on pedigree – keen for example to give granddaughters of Fastnet Rock a chance with him.
For further information on Raheeb, who will stand at $2200 (incl gst), contact Andrea Otto on 0427804581.