Fuisse (nearside): Prix du Moulin winner is a flagbearer for sire Green TunePICTURE: Scoop Dyga
French stalwart sire Green Tune put down
THE French stallion ranks have lost one of their leading lights with the death on Saturday of Green Tune.
On the day he officially turned 20 years old, the son of Green Dancer had to be put down after fracturing his right hind leg at the Haras d’Etreham in Normandy, where he had stood since retiring to stud in 1996.
The timing of Green Tune’s death is unfortunate, as he had enjoyed one of his best seasons as a stallion in 2010. His progeny earnings in Europe were second only to Workforce’s sire King’s Best among France’s active sires, with 43 winners collecting £1,479,156 in prize-money.
His flagbearers last year were Prix du Moulin winner Fuisse, who begins his stud career at the Haras du Quesnay this spring, Group 3-winning and Group 1-placed fillies Pontenuovo and Zagora, and Listed Doonside Cup scorer Vesuve.
They join luminaries such as Premio Lydia Tesio winner Lune D’Or, who was sold in foal to Galileo last month for €750,000 at Arqana, and Prix d’Harcourt scorer Delfos, who stands at the Dehesa de Milagro in Spain, on Green Tune's stud record.
Green Tune also features as broodmare sire of eight stakes winners, highlighted by Gimcrack Stakes winner Tony James and also including last year’s Eyrefield Stakes winner Tiz The Shot and Fairway Stakes scorer Green Moon.
Green Tune could have sired more winners, but he suffered from arteritis for three years, during which he covered mares, but only those also carrying the virus.
Green Tune was bred and owned by the Wertheimer family, and trained by Criquette Head-Maarek to win five of his 13 starts, including the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix d’Ispahan. His half-sister Pas De Reponse laterlanded the Cheveley Park Stakes for the same connections.