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Iceman with Kieren Fallon after their Coventry Stakes victory

Iceman and Kieren Fallon after their victory in the 2004 Coventry Stakes

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Cheveley Park sire Iceman dies from colic

CHEVELEY PARK STUD has announced the death of its young stallion Iceman.

The six-year-old was struck down with colic during Friday morning. Having been moved to Rossdale and Partners veterinary clinic outside Newmarket, his condition remained unstable; exploratory abdominal surgery was subsequently performed, which revealed a perforation for which there was no cure.

Iceman had been retired to stud in 2007, and members of his first crop have been catalogued at this month's foal sales. With 30 lots due to go under the hammer, he has the largest representation of any sire with their first crop at the Tattersalls December Foal sale, whichstarts on Tuesday and concludes on Saturday.

Bred and owned by Cheveley Park, Iceman was a son of Polar Falcon out of the Exit To Nowhere mare Virtuous, making him a three-quarters brother to this year's dual Listed winner Virtual.

Trained throughout his career by John Gosden, he was a most precocious two-year-old, winning the Coventry Stakes on his third start before going on to reach the places in the Champagne Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes.

Though he didn't win beyond the age of two, he did manage to finish fourth, half a length behind the winner, in the Craven Stakes at three, and to get within three lengths of Sleeping Indian in a Listed race at four.

Cheveley Park set Iceman's fee at £5,000 in his first season at stud. The fee remained the same this year, but had been advertised at £1,000 less for 2009. He covered 129 mares in his first season, and 95 this year.

The stud's managing director Chris Richardson said: “Iceman was a wonderfully kind and gentle person who has tragically been taken from us at such an early age.  His first foals appear quality individuals, very much following their sire who was pure class throughand through.

Mr and Mrs Thompson and all of us at Cheveley Park Stud are deeply saddened by his untimely loss."

 

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