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Medermit: the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase winner is a flagbearer for Medaaly

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Medaaly dies at Badger Hill Stud aged 17

MEDAALY, who vanquished subsequent Derby hero Benny The Dip to win the Racing Post Trophy in 1996, died at stud on Friday night aged 17.

The grey son of Highest Honor suffered cardiac arrest after covering a mare at Badger Hill Stud in County Galway. He had covered four mares this season, the stud has confirmed.

Trained by Saeed Bin Suroor for Sheikh Mohammed, Medaaly won a 7f maidenat Doncaster and a 1m conditions race at Sandown before finishing fifth to Benny The Dip in the Royal Lodge Stakes.

The pair re-opposed in the Racing Post Trophy, in which Benny The Dip was sent off the 11-10 favourite to confirm his Royal Lodge superiority. However, he could finish only third to 14-1 chance Medaaly, who gave jockey Gary Hind his sole European Group 1 success. Medaaly raced once at three, when well beaten behind Benny The Dip in the Dante.

Medaaly retired to the Haras du Logis in Normandy in 1999. His best French-bred Flat performers include Group 3 Grand Prix de Vichy winner Daly Daly and Listed scorers Amonita, Mardouk, Rento and Tocopilla.

In 2004 he was exported to stand in South Africa and in 2008, as his progeny began to excel over jumps, he was returned to Europe to stand in Ireland as a National Hunt stallion.

Medaaly’s early jumps stars were Grade 1 Prix Renaud du Vivier Hurdle winner Shekira, dual Grade 1 novice chase scorer Sky’s The Limit and smart chaser Nyrche.

His most recent flagbearer is Medermit, who beat subsequent Arkle Chase winner Captain Chris to land last month’s Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase. Medermit finished fourth in the Arkle.

Medaaly was bred by Sheikh Mohammed from a brilliant family. His unraced dam, Dance Of Leaves, was the result of the mating between Sadler’s Wells and Matron Stakes winner Fall Aspen.

Dance Of Leaves’ other progeny included Queen Anne Stakes scorer and sire Charnwood Forest and stakes-placed pair Danse D’Ecole and Dubai Fall, as well as the dam of Grand Prix de Paris runner-up Desideratum.

Her sister Fort Wood won the Grand Prix de Paris and was one of four Group/Grade 1 winners out of Fall Aspen, along with Hamas, Northern Aspen and Timber Country. Two other Group 2-winning half-sisters produced top-flight winners: Elle Seule was dam of Elnadim and Mehthaaf, while Colorado Dancer was dam of the brilliant Dubai Millennium.




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