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Arc runner-up and blue hen Behera dies aged 24

BEHERA, who was second to Carroll House in the Arc before producing Group winners Bayrika and Behkara along with the high-class chaser Behrajan, has died aged 24.

The daughter of Mill Reef suffered a bout of colic and was put down at Blythe Park Stud on Wednesday night.

Bred and initially owned by Aga Khan, she bred 11 foals for that operation in Ireland, including the Group 2 Prix Hubert de Chaudenay winner Behkara, Group 3-winning stayer Bayrika, high-class jumper Behrajan, who won a Tolworth Hurdle and a Rowland Meyrick Chase, and most recently Listed winner Behkiyra.

Although Behera was sold by the Aga Khan Studs for €60,000 at Goffs in November 2002 to Bob Russell of Blythe Park Stud, her influence remains strong within the Aga Khan's operation.

Behkara's first foal is Beheshtam, who ran second in last year's Prix Niel and a well-fancied fourth in the Prix du Jockey Club, while her second is this season's impressive Grand Prix de Paris winner Behkabad.

Another daughter, the Listed-placed Behra, is the dam of leading juvenile hurdler Barizan while Bayrika features as the granddam of 2,000 Guineas runner-up Vital Equine.

Behera produced three foals for Russell's Blythe Park Stud near Tamworth, Staffordshire. Her final foal is a two-year-old colt by Halling, named Behero and exported to France.

"She was fantastic", said Russell yesterday, "she had never had a day's illness in her life. She's the first we've lost from colic, it's very unfortunate."

Behera was a top-class filly during her racing days in France for Alain de Royer-Dupre, winning three of seven career starts. She broke her duck in a 1m maiden at two and scored twice over 1m2f at three, firstly in the Group 3 Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud and then the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary, where she beat Louveterie - later dam of Loup Solitaire and Loup Sauvage - by a short head.

Her best performance came when second to Carroll House in the 1989 Prix de l'Arc deTriomphe with In The Wings and Cacoethes among those in arrears.

Her final start was when fourth to Prized in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park.

Behera was the only winner produced out of the 1984 Group 2 Park Hill Stakes winner Borushka. 




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