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Triple Grade 1 winner Greinton dies aged 29

GREINTON, one of the oldest active stallions in Europe, died last week at Gestüt Görlsdorf near Berlin, Germany. He was 29.

Bred in Britain by Stavros Niarchos, Greinton was by Green Dancer and out of Princess Royal Stakes runner-up Crystal Queen.

Greinton began his career in France with Francois Boutin and won his first two starts at two including the Prix de Cabourg, and the Listed Prix Matchem at Evry at three.

Niarchos sold Greinton to race for Charlie Whittingham in America halfway through the colt's three-year-old season.

Greinton flourished stateside, winning three Grade 1 races: the Californian Stakes and Hollywood Gold Cup at four, and the Santa Anita Handicap at five.

In total, he won 10 of his 22 starts and finished second eight times for earnings of just under $2 million.

Greinton entered stud at Brookdale Farm in Kentucky in 1987 and was purchased to stand in Germany in the early 1990s. He had stood at Görlsdorf since 1996.

He had limited success at stud, but sired black-type horses Bellino, Forever Nice, Tanabata, Classic Queen, Miss Greinton and Charismatique. He is also damsire of South American champions Naraingang and Taimazov.

Görlsdorf chief executive Heike Bischoff said: "We gave him three or four mares every year and they usually got in foal. So we were able to offer at last week's BBAG auction one of his last offspring."

 

 

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