Fath: Middle Park Stakes runner-up has been killed by a snake bitePICTURE: Getty Images
Snake bite kills former Kildare stallion Fath
FORMER Rathasker Stud resident Fath has died after being bitten by a snake at Westbury Park in Coolup in Western Australia. The son of Danzig was 15.
Fath was represented by his first Australasian-bred winner on Christmas Eve, when his first-crop filly Keep Fath won the Cup Tickets 2yo race at Ascot.
Fath sired 93 winners of 286 races at a 59 per cent strike-rate in Europe while based at Rathasker Stud in County Kildare. His best northern-hemisphere performers are classy handicappers Brae Hill, Don't Panic, Fathom Five and Fathsta.
A homebred for Hamdan Al Maktoum, Fath was trained by Marcus Tregoning to finish a neck second to Primo Valentino in the Middle Park Stakes. At four he defeated Munir in the
Group 3 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.
Fath hails from a high-class Shadwell family. He is a brother to Japanese Group 2 winner Dumaani and a half-brother to 1,000 Guineas heroine Shadayid.
Breeder James Miorada imported Fath to Australia. He stood for a A$6,600 fee alongside Startac (Theatrical) and He's A Decoy (In The Wings) at Westbury Park.