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Singspiel (red silks, white sleeves): landed four Group 1s around the world

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Dubai World Cup winner Singspiel put down at 18

SINGSPIEL, a multiple Group 1 winner who developed into a leading sire for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation, has been put down at the age of 18.

The son of In The Wings developed laminitis following a long illness, which in turn had been a contributory factor to his ongoing fertility problems. He failed to get any of the mares covered this year in foal at a fee of £15,000 and his final crop are foals of 2010.

Bred and owned by Sheikh Mohammed, the globetrotting Singspiel was patiently handled by Sir Michael Stoute to gain Group 1 wins in the Canadian International, Japan Cup, Juddmonte International and Coronation Cup. He also triumphed over a top-class field in the 1997 Dubai World Cup when that race was run as a Listed event.

He also finished second in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Eclipse and Grand Prix de Paris before retiring in 1998 to Dalham Hall Stud as the winner of nine of his 20 starts and £3,651,270 in win and place prize-money. He also earned an Eclipse Award as the champion older male in the US of 1996.

Although Singpsiel spent the entirety of his stud career at Dalham Hall Stud, he developed a global reputation as a leading sire with first crop member Moon Ballad emulating his sire in the Dubai World Cup, Lahudood taking the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Canadian Group 1 winner Folk Opera and another first crop member, Asakusa Den'En, taking the Yasuda Kinen in Japan.

A brief stint as a shuttle stallion produced the Australian Group 1 winner Rewaaya.

However, there were also top-class domestic runners such as Ascot Gold Cup winner Papineau, Prix de Diane heroine Confidential Lady and Dar Re Mi, the latter of whom is a leading fancy for today's Eclipse Stakes. Another high-class daughter, Andina, lines up in tonight's American Oaks at Hollywood Park.

To date, Singspiel is the sire of 73 black-type winners and the earners of over £40 million.

In a statement on Darley's website, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson said: "Singspiel has been a huge part of Sheikh Mohammed and Darley's breeding and racing operation for many years. He was bred by Sheikh Mohammed, and, as a racehorse, he covered every continent.

Sheikh Mohammed - Doncaster - 12.09.2009

Sheikh Mohammed: owned and bred globetrotting Singspiel

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"The highlight was his win in the Dubai World Cup. He then went on to great things at stud where he sired Moon Ballad from his first crop to also win the Dubai World Cup."

He added: "He was an outstandingly tough racehorse who was able to pass it on to many of his progeny who performed around the world. He has been admired and supported industry-wide in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA where he has produced racehorses of the highest calibre.

"Sheikh Mohammed would like to thank all of those at Dalham Hall and the veterinarians in Newmarket for doing everything they could for him. He will be sadly missed."

Sons at stud by Singspiel include the German-based Lateral, who will shortly switch to South Africa, Moon Ballad, who returned to stand in Ireland this season after making little impact in Japan, and the Japanese-based pair Asakusa Den'En and Lohengrin.

Singspiel also features as the damsire of Group 2 winner Debussy and the Indian Group 1 winner Alvarita.

Out of Canadian champion Glorious Song, Singspiel was a half-brother to successful sires Rahy and Rakeen, and from the immediate family of Devil's Bag.

Singspiel's Group 1 winners
 Name  Year foaled  Damsire  Notable races won
 Asakusa Den'En  1999  Machiavellian  Yasuda Kinen
 Confidential Lady  2003  Dayjur  Prix de Diane
 Dar Re Mi  2005  Top Ville  Yorkshire Oaks etc
 Eastern Anthem  2004  Zinaad  Dubai Sheema Classic
 Folk Opera  2004  Halling  E P Taylor
 Hibaayeb  2007  Lion Cavern  Fillies Mile
 Lahudood  2003  Arazi  BC Filly & Mare Turf
 Lateral  2003  Aragon  Gran Criterium
 Moon Ballad  1999  Shaadi  Dubai World Cup
 Papineau  2000  GreyDawn II  Ascot Gold Cup
 Rewaaya  2002   At Talaq  Sir Rupert Clarke
 Singhalese  2002  Efisio  Del Mar Oaks





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