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Chronic laminitis claims life of Shinko King

SHINKO KING, a former shuttle stallion between Japan and New Zealand and the source of five Group 1 winners, has recently been put down at Paxton Park in Cambridge, New Zealand, due to a deterioration in his ongoing battle with laminitis. He was 21.

Bred in Ireland by Ron Con Ltd and Robert Sangster's Swettenham Stud, Shinko King was by Sadler's Wells' brother Fairy King and was a half-brother to Derbyhero Dr Devious.

He raced in Japan, where his eight victories included the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Hai in 1997, and he stood his first season in New Zealand at Ashwell Farm one year later.

Henk Smit of Paxton Park,where Shinko King moved to in 2007, told New Zealand media: "Ten or 12 years ago he got laminitis in transit between Japan and New Zealand when he was shuttling for a couple of years.

"They got it under control, but he had deformed feet and it would flare up every once in a while and this time it got too bad."

Shinko King's five Group 1 winners are headed by high-class Hong Kong-raced Thumbs Up, the winner of the Hong Kong Classic Mile in 2009 and second in last month's Audemars Piguet QEII Cup, and New Zealand Derby scorer C'Est La Guerre.

The quintet is completed by Eskimo Queen (Queensland Oaks, Coolmore Classic), Bramble Rose (New Zealand Oaks) and Barinka (New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes).

Paxton Park's stallion roster has been left with Gorky Park, a New Zealand-bred son of Montjeu, and Prince Conti, a Redoute's Choice half-brother to Darci Brahma.





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