Val Royal at the National Stud with stallion man Paddy MeehanPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Breeders' Cup winner
Val Royal dies in Brazil
BREEDERS' CUP MILE winner Val Royal, sire of the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel, has died at his shuttle farm near Sao Paulo in Brazil.
The 12-year-old National Stud stallion suffered an internal haemorrhage, the cause of which is to be determined.
"He collapsed suddenly in the paddock and we are waiting for the necropsy report from the veterinary University of Unesp in Botucato, Sao Paulo to determine the cause," said Dr Luis Alberto Marinho, the farm manager at Haras Basano.
"Val Royal had 50 mares nominated to him this southern hemisphere season and we have 25 mares in foal to him. He was a fantastic stallion and the best stallion to have shuttled to Brazil since we started our breeding programme at the Brazilian National Stud in Campinas, Sao Paulo," said Marinho to the thoroughbredtimes.com
On retirement from racing, the Breeders' Cup Mile winner initially stood at Oak Lodge Stud in Ireland, shuttling to La Mission in Argentina. He transferred to the National Stud for the 2007 season and was in situ at Newmarket when Cockney Rebel won the Guineas. The stallion's fee was increased to £10,000 for the 2008 season. He underwent a colic operation in the spring of 2008.
Bred by Jean-Luc Lagardere, Val Royal was the winner of seven races from 12 starts. His victories at three included success in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano-Gr2 and the Prix de Guiche-Gr3. After being sent to the US, he won the Del Mar Derby-Gr2, the Breeders' Cup Mile-Gr2 and the Frank Kilroe Mile-Gr2.
The National Stud was transferred earlier this year after a long process from Levy Board ownership to National Stud Ltd, a subsidiary of The Jockey Club. As part of it new development it gained charitable status and a new board of directors were appointed. Cockney Rebel was retired to the stud and has stood one season at £10,000.