13 July 2017

Brian Meehan’s improving three-year-old colt RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) gained a well-deserved black-type victory when grinding out a gallant winner of the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy on the opening day of Newmarket’s July Festival. Fourth in the Racing Post Trophy on his final juvenile start, the son of Sea The Stars (IRE) has hit new heights with every increase in trip this season, having finished fourth to Permian (IRE) in the King Edward VII Stakes over a mile and a half last time out. The extra furlong on Thursday brought out the best in RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) and it was approaching that final stage that Jamie Spencer pushed the button, driving him out to lead inside the final furlong, staying on to win by a length. Desert Skyline (IRE), a son of Tamayuz, chased him home in second, with a further half a length back to Sofia’s Rock, a son of Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE), in third.

Bred by the Tsui family under their Sunderland Holdings banner, RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) is a full-brother to Shraaoh (IRE), who finished third in the Old Newton Cup a week earlier, while their two-year-old brother Astrologist (IRE) holds an entry in next year’s Epsom Derby. Their dam is a half-sister to Queen Mary Stakes winner Maqaasid and to the dam of Group 1 Gran Premio San Isidro victor Il Fornaio, with the Shadwell family also featuring the likes of Ghanaati, Nayef and Nashwan further down the page. RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) becomes the 40th individual Stakes winner by Sea The Stars (IRE), who commanded a fee of €125,000 at Gilltown Stud this season. Being out of a Monsun mare, he is also bred on the same cross as runaway German Derby winner Sea The Moon.

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