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Superstar Leo: her dam, Council Rock, was a prolific broodmare

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Council Rock, dam of Superstar Leo, dies

COUNCIL ROCK, the foundation mare for Tony Hirschfeld's Cheval Court Stud in Coulsdon, Surrey, was found dead in her paddock on May 21 after suffering a suspected heart attack. She was 25.

The Hascombe and Valiant Studs-bred daughter of General Assembly didn't show her best on the track – she finished placed once at three for trainer Geoff Wragg – but she found redemption at stud as a prolific and high-class broodmare, producing 18 foals, 17 of whom ran, 11 of them winners.

Council Rock's best foal, outstanding juvenile sprinter Superstar Leo, was her ninth overall and her fifth after being purchased at auction for 11,000gns for Hirschfeld and legendary jockey Lester Piggott.

Superstar Leo was the result of Council Rock's second visit to College Chapel, who had provided Piggott with one of his final Royal Ascot victories when winning the Cork and Orrery Stakes in 1993.

In a memorable two-year-old campaign, Superstar Leo, trained by Piggott's son-in-law William Haggas, won five races including the Norfolk Stakes and Flying Childers Stakes.

But her most impressive performance arguably came in defeat, when second to seasoned sprinter Namid – but ahead of Bertolini and Pipalong – in the Prix de l'Abbaye. At stud, Superstar Leo has bred Molecomb Stakes and Audi Stakes winner Enticing.

Council Rock's other offspring include useful handicapper Royal Artist and New York, the dam of Listed-placed winning handicapper December Draw.She was retired from her broodmare career two years ago.

Hirschfeld's connection with Council Rock endures with triple winner Starship, the late mare's seven-year-old daughter by Galileo whose first foal, two-year-old Alexander Pope, by Danehill Dancer, finished third on his debut at Gowran Park last month.

 

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