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Lucky Story Newmarket 2004

Lucky Story: the brother to Dr Fong sired Art Connoisseur in his first crop

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Lucky Story, sire of Art Connoisseur, dies

LUCKY STORY, who sired last season's Group 1-winning sprinter Art Connoisseur in his first crop, was found dead this morning in his paddock at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire.

The son of Kris S was just nine-years-old and had stood at Tweenhills Stud on behalf of Darley since his retirement to stud in 2005. His death is a further blow to Tweenhills Stud, who suffered the loss of Ishiguru in September last year.

Stud director David Redvers said: "We found Lucky Story dead this morning after what would appear sudden death in his sleep. Thankfully there was no sign whatsoever that he had suffered."

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farms, Lucky Story cost Gainsborough Stud Management just $95,000 as a yearling despite being a brother to Group 1 winner and successful sire Dr Fong.

Turned over to trainer Mark Johntson, he won four of nine races, including the Group 2 Vintage Stakes and Group 2 Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old. A leg problem prevented him from taking up his Classic engagements as a three-year-old but he returned during the later months of that season to run second in the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

From a first crop of 52 foals bred off a fee of £4,000, Lucky Story sired Golden Jubilee Stakes and Coventry Stakes winner Art Connoisseur, who is standing his first season at the Irish National Stud, and the Listed-placed Caranbola. Consequently, he ended that season as the leading first-season sire based in Britain.

He has since been represented by last year's Listed-winning juvenile Lucky Like, the Grade 3-placed Lucky Rave and the Listed-placed Hartley and Letizia Relco.

Redvers added: "Having lost Ishiguru last summer to a freak paddock accident this is a double blow to us, especially as Lucky Story was such a lovely horse. He provided us with our first Group 1 winner in Art Connoisseur and was champion British-based first-season sire.

"I am sorry for Darley for whom westood Lucky Story and who lose such an exciting young sire, but I am particularly sad for the team here who were so fond of the horse. This now leaves a huge hole in our stallion roster and I can assure our clients we will do our utmost to find a replacement in the near future."





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