Josses Hill (right): one of many top-class jumpers by Winged LovePICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Winged Love dies after suffering from colic
LEADING jumps sire Winged Love died on Sunday at Tullyraine House in Northern Ireland after suffering from colic. He was 23.
A son of In The Wings, Winged Love was trained by Andre Fabre for Sheikh Mohammed to win three of his nine starts, with his biggest success coming in the Irish Derby under Olivier Peslier.
Winged Love began his stud career at Gestut Karlshof in Germany, but his Flat runners made little impact on the racecourse.
However, he flourished as a sire of jumpers, producing numerous top quality performers including dual Tingle Creek Chase winner Twist Magic and high-class chaser Hunt Ball. Other leading lights by the sire include Nicky Henderson's exciting chaser Josses Hill and RSA Chase scorer Bostons Angel, who also beat paternal half-brother Magnanimity by a head in the Grade 1 Dr P.J Moriarty Novice Chase in 2011.
"It was an honour for us to stand him," said Tullyraine House owner Hugh Suffern. "He was a very good sire - he got Grade 1 Punchestown 4YO Hurdle winner Cherub in his first crop and had a very good strike-rate, plenty of winners.
"He was also an absolute gentleman and very intelligent - a lovely horse to be associated with."
Winged Love had one lot come under the hammer at the DBS Spring Stores Sale last week - a three-year-old brother to dual Grade 3-winning hurdler Premier Victory - who was snapped up by Warren Greatrex and Highflyer Bloodstock for £35,000.