Bankable: Group 2 winner stood one season at Summerhill StudPICTURE: Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club
Bankable dies at
stud in South Africa
BANKABLE, who ran second to Al Shemali in the 2010 Dubai Duty Free for Herman Brown, died on Friday at Summerhill Stud in South Africa from severe complications arising from colic, which had become inoperable.
The eight-year-old son of Medicean completed his first season at Summerhill Stud in 2011 at a fee of R20,000.
Bred in Ireland by Barronstown Stud out of the Sadler's Wells mare Dance To The Top, Bankable won eight races and nearly £1.3 million in prize-money. He was initially trained by Luca Cumani, for whom he won the Listed On The House Stakes and ran second to Ravens Pass in the Group 2 Celebration Mile.
Sold to Ramzan Kadyrov, he became a Dubai Carnival regular for Herman Brown, winning the 2010 Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort over a mile and Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal over 6f. He was also third in the Singapore International Airlines Cup over 1m2f.
"He was a lovely horse, both as a specimen and as a personality, and he'd grown into an imposing stallion," said Greig Muir, stallion manager at Summerhill. His manners in the covering yard were exemplary, and his fertility was excellent, to the point that he will have exceeded 90 per cent in foal by the time the final returns come in.
"It's a great loss not only to us, but to President Kadyrov, who had developed a special affection for the horse, to the degree of supporting with 24 of his own mares, all of which are tested in foal. All told, we will have of the order of 70 of his progeny on the farm, and hopefully there will be a couple of champions among them".