Echo Of Light: sired Listed-placed Sound Advice in his first cropPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Echo Of Light put down after paddock accident
DARLEY'S promising first season sire Echo Of Light was put down on Tuesday after fracturing a hind leg in a paddock accident at Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
One of only two sons of the late brilliant Dubai Millennium set to stand this season in Europe, Group 2 winner Echo Of Light had just turned ten-years-old. His fee for 2012 was advertised at €3,000. He covered 112 mares in 2011.
Sam Bullard, Darley's director of stallions, paid tribute to the stallion. He said: "Only time will tell how much of a loss Echo Of Light will be as a stallion, but to us at Darley he was a powerful reminder of his awesome sire."
The spotlight shone on Echo Of Light as early as 2003 when John Ferguson went to a sale-topping €1.2 million to secure him at the Goffs Orby Sale. Sent to Godolphin, he went on to justify that lofty price-tag by developing into a formidable front runner to win seven races including the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein and consecutive renewals of the Group 2 Strensall Stakes. On the latter occasion in 2007, he broke the 1m1f York course record.
As a Group 2-winning son of Dubai Millennium from the immediate family of Marju, Echo Of Light found favour with breeders upon his retirement to Dalham Hall Stud in 2008, siring a first crop of 82 foals. To date, that crop includes four winners led by Sound Advice, who ran third in the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury, and Godolphin's debut winner Counterglow.
Bred by Pat O'Kelly, Echo Of Light was a product of one of his breeder's most famous families. A half-brother to Listed winner Akarem, he was out of Spirit Of Tara, a Group 2-placed sister to Salsabil and half-sister to Marju.