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Court Masterpiece: the Sussex Stakes winner is out of a Prince Sabo mare

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Prince Sabo dies at Cheveley Park aged 29

PRINCE SABO, a leading sprinter of his generation, was put down at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket on Tuesday due to the infirmities of old age. He was 29 .

Bred by Launceston Stud and a 22,000gns yearling, he was from the second crop of Young Generation and out of the Song mare Jubilee Song.

Initially trained by Brian Swift as a two-year-old and later by Geoff Lewis, he was purchased by Cheveley Park Stud at the end of 1985, before finishing off his four-year-old campaign with Sir Michael Stoute.

During a racing career which spanned three seasons, his most notable victories came in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes and Group 3 Palace House Stakes, both over 5f. He also finished third in the Group 1 Prix Robert Papin and second in the Group 3 King George Stakes.

Prince Sabo retired to stud in 1987 and initially took up stallion duties at Brickfield Stud, and later stood most of his stallion career at Cheveley Park Stud, although he did also stand one season at Sledmere Stud in Yorkshire.

He quickly established himself as a source of tough and consistent sprinters,siring the winners of over 680 races and £4.75 million in prize money.

His best progeny were Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes winner Princely Hush and Group 3 winners Fire Up The Band and Tippitt Boy. He also proved to be a successful broodmare sire, with his daughters producing Group 1 winners Court Masterpiece and Stroll.

Prince Sabo was retired from stud duties in 2006 and enjoyed the last years of his life in retirement at Cheveley Park Stud.




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