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Sabaah And Urban Sea at the Irish National Stud

Sabaah (right) and Urban Sea at the Irish National Stud

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Top Irish National Stud producer Sabaah dies

THE Irish National Stud’s flagship broodmare Sabaah was put down on Monday after suffering a deterioration in the laminitis that she had battled with for a number of years. She was 23.

Sabaah, a daughter of Nureyev and Ribblesdale Stakes winner Dish Dash, placed only once from four starts for Hamdan Al Maktoum but the Irish National Stud saw past her form to buy her for 30,000gns at the 1992 Tattersalls December sales.

Desert King - Ascot - 06.1997

Desert King: dual Classic winner

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The purchase was soon justified as, in 1994, the mare produced her second foal, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby winner Desert King, and her half-brother Maroof enhanced her pedigree by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Desert King – the first horse to pull off the Irish Classic double since Grundy in 1975 – made his presence felt at stud by siring triple Melbourne Cup-winning mare Makybe Diva and Ascot Gold Cup hero Mr Dinos.

Sabaah went on to produce four more black-type performers: Wahj, her 1995 colt by Indian Ridge, ran third in the John of Gaunt Stakes; Chianti, her 1998 son by Danehill and so a brother to Desert King, was second in the Winter Hill Stakes and Rose of Lancaster Stakes; Cairdeas, her 2001 son by Darshaan, landed the Mooresbridge Stakes; and Stunning View, her 2007 son by Shamardal, was second in last season’s Knockaire Stakes.

Overall, from 12 foals, Sabaah produced nine winners. She was also a close companion of the late Urban Sea – the Arc-winning dam of Galileo and Sea The Stars – at the stud.

Irish National Stud chief executive John Osborne said yesterday: “Sabaah was a wonderful producer of beautiful stock with rare talent. She was greatly loved by all the staff and it was an upsetting day.

"We are lucky to have her last foal, a grey filly by Dalakhani so we may enjoy her legacy for years to come."




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