Vision d'Etat: his sire, Chichicastenango, did well from limited opportunitiesPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Colic claims life of Chichicastenango
CHICHICASTENANGO, the sire of 2008 Prix du Jockey Club winner Vision d'Etat, died on Saturday in Japan after failing to recover from colic surgery.
The French-bred son of Smadoun was 14-years-old.
His death will come as a blow to the Shadai Stallion Station, which secured the stallion through Patrick Barbe for the 2009 season. Shadai's interest in Chichicastenango was ignited from the results of his first small crops that were bred off moderate fees at Haras de Victot in France; his 36-strong first group of juveniles contained the Group 3 winners Chichi Creasy and Chinandega while a similarly second small crop yielded the multiple Group 1 winner Vision d'Etat.
He was most recently represented at the top level by last season's Prix du Jockey Club runner-up and Newmarket Group 3 winner Bubble Chic.
"Chichicastenango showed signs of colic around the end of last year and then was sent to Shadai Horse Clinic for a laparotomy on January 5," Shadai Farm spokesman Naohiro Hosoda told the Racing Post.
"He remained in the clinic and seemed to be recovering.
But suddenly his condition changed for the worst and he died on January 13 despite our vets struggling to do their best."
His first Japanese crop are two-year-olds and his foals were extremely well received at last summer's JRHA Select Foal Sale with four selling for an average of 42,000,000yen (£356,237/€430,370).
"His two-year-olds look athletic," said Hosoda. "Some of them will be ready to run in the two-year-old races in early summer.
"We deeply regret losing him and there are high expectations for his remaining offspring."
Bred by Ecurie Jules Ouaki and Gaetan Gilles, Chichicastenango was by far the best performer sired by Smadoun. He won four of 14 starts for trainer Philippe Demercastel including the 2001 Grand Prix de Paris and Prix Lupin, in which he defeated the subsequent Prix du Jockey Club winner Anabaa Blue.
Two of his sons are at stud in France; Vision d'Etat stands at Haras de Grandcamp while Chichi Creasy is based at Haras du Grand Chesnaie.