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Bright Sky: the Classic winner is Wolfhound's best runner in Europe

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Wolfhound dies
in South Africa

THE dual Group 1 winner and Group 1-producing sire Wolfhound, a resident at Gary Player Stud in South Africa, has died from a heart attack. The 20-year-old stallionwas covering a mare at the time.

"He had a heart attack and died doing what he liked to do best –on the job," said stallion manager John Freeman to

"Wolfhound was not only a champion racehorse, but is a son of one of the world's most influential broodmares, Lassie Dear. His sire Nureyev is one of the world's great broodmare sires, so Wolfie is surely bred to be a broodmare sire himself and we are banking on him being just that."

A son of Nureyev, Wolfhound was trained by John Gosden and owned by Sheikh Mohammed.

He won two Group 1 races and was retired as a four-year-old to Dalham Hall Stud. He was transfered in 1999 to Longholes Stud before being bought to stand in South Africa where his half-brother Al Mufti had been a champion sire.

Wolfhound's own best runner in Europe was the French champion three-year-old filly Bright Sky. She won the Prix de Diane, the Prix de l'Opera and the Prix d'Astarte. His other Group race performers in Europe include the Italian Group 3 winner Vale Mantovani and Group 2-placed filly Regina Saura.

He is also the sire of Nicky Henderson's talented jumper Fleet Street, who finished third behind Brave Inca and War Of Attrition in the 2004 Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Read more in Saturday's Racing Post




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