Ex-Coolmore sire Spartacus dies aged 12
SPARTACUS, a dual Group 1-winning two-year-old for Aidan O'Brien, has died at stud in Australia.
The son of Danehill was found dead in his paddock at Cangon Stud in New South Wales late last month and was found to have died of complications from a ruptured aorta. He was 12.
Spartacus spent four years at stud under the Coolmore banner in County Tipperary until 2008, when The Oaks Stud in New Zealand bought him outright.
A former champion first-season sire in New Zealand, he had been transferred to Cangon Stud for the current southern-hemisphere breeding season.
Jaime Mackay of Cangon Stud said: ""It has been a huge loss for all of us as he has been so well received by breeders as he had so much to offer.
"We now look forward to the arrival of his foals in 2013. With his passing the search has already started to find a suitable replacement for next season."
Spartacus, a brother to Group 1 performer Johann Cruyff, won the Phoenix Stakes and Gran Criterium at two.
He is the sire of northern-hemisphere stakes winners All The Aces, Rastignano and Strait Of Mewsina. His best southern-hemisphere performer is New Zealand Group 3 scorer Spare A Fortune.