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Stronghold: the Supreme Stakes winner was a grandson of All At Sea

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Stronghold succumbs to colic in South Africa

STRONGHOLD, winner of the Group 3 Supreme Stakes at Goodwood in 2006, has died after undergoing colic surgery in South Africa. He was eight years old.

The son of Danehill was acquired by Mick Goss's Summerhill Stud in 2008 and stood for a partnership that included his breeder Juddmonte Farms, the Hong Kong Breeders' Club and investors from Dubai andGermany. He covered two books of mares during his short stud career.

An entry on the Summerhill Stud website posted on Monday says: "Just as we began to believe that [Stronghold] was well on his way to recovery, he was struck by a devastating colic.

"True to his name, he took his suffering manfully, but it wasn't enough to save him when they opened him up to find an irreparable rupture.

"Nobody really knows what a thing like this means to a farm like ours... Without doubt, he stood out among the leading sons of Danehill on the African continent."

Stronghold was out of the Mr Prospector mare Insinuate, making him a half-brother to last year's Pretty Polly Stakes winner Take The Hint. His grand-dam was Prix du Moulin heroine All At Sea.

As well as beating Byron to win the Supreme Stakes at four, he won four other races under the tutelage of  John Gosden including the Listed Paradise Stakes at Lingfield.





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