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Gentoo: last season's dual Group 1-winning stayer was the best horse sired by the late Loup Solitaire

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French sire Loup Solitaire dies aged 18

LOUP Solitaire, sire of last season's Prix du Cadran and Royal-Oak winner Gentoo, was put down on Tuesday after fracturing a leg. The son of Lear Fan was 18-years-old and had covered approximately 60 mares this season at a fee of €2,000 at Haras du Grand Chesnaie in France.

Trained by Andre Fabre, Loup Solitaire was a lightly-raced yet top-class performer for the Wildenstein family, winning just one race - the Group 1 Grand Criterium at two - and running second to Helissio in the Group 1 Prix Lupin at three.

He was retired in 1997 to stand at Haras du Mezeray, where he was based for the following 11 seasons and never stood above €4,500. He was transferred to Haras du Grand Chesnaie for the 2008 season.

As well as Gentoo, Loup Solitaire is also the sire of Grade 2 Cashcall Mile Invitational winner Lady Of Venice and Group 3 winners Sign Of The Wolf and Blanche. Jumpers such as Vol Solitaire, Elixir Du Berlais and Loumie also saw him become popular with national hunt breeders in his later years.

Loup Solitaire was the product of a notable Wildenstein family being a half-brother to four stakes performers including Prix d'Ispahan winner and dual-purpose sire Loup Sauvage. He was out of the Group 3 winner Louveteau, herself a Nureyev daughter of the 1970 Oaks heroine Lupe.

 

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