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Group 1 Winner Sands of Mali to Stand at Ballyhane

Four-time group winner introduced at a fee of €6,500 for the 2021 covering season.

Sands of Mali trains for the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in March 2019

Sands of Mali trains for the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in March 2019

Dubai Racing Club/Mathea Kelley

Ballyhane Stud's new boy Sands of Mali has been introduced at a fee of €6,500 for the 2021 covering season.

The operation's boss, Joe Foley, announced in August that he had secured the son of Panis who won four group races, including the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (G1), for Richard Fahey and the Cool Silk Partnership.

At Tattersalls in December, he reached 600,000 guineas as Cool Silk bought him outright, and he ran twice more last season.

Ballyhane's roster contains five stallions, with two of the older order claiming group 1 winners during the year.

Flag-bearer Dandy Man remains at €15,000 after the American exploits of River Boyne, and Elzaam, whose daughter Champers Elysees gave him a top-level breakthrough in the Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes (G1), rises slightly to €5,000.

Prince of Lir, who made a flying start with his first crop when The Lir Jet took the Norfolk Stakes (G2), is trimmed to €3,500 from €4,000. Completing the quintet is smart sprinter Soldier's Call, who stood his first season at €10,000 and is reduced to €7,500 for next year.