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Globe-trotting Golden Silca dies after foaling

GOLDEN SILCA, the multiple Group-winning mare who gained a popular following while racing 44 times in seven countries, has died at Kingwood Stud in Lambourn due to complications from foaling a colt by Lawman, who also died. The 13-year-old daughter of Inchinor was booked to New Approach this year.

Racing as a homebred for Aldridge Racing Ltd, Golden Silca first ran as a two-year-old in April of 1998 at Newbury. She won, and although that contest had been "seldom a race of much significance" in the words of the Racing Post's analyst, he added: "but that should not detract from the authority with which Golden Silca won".

The small-framed chestnut with the bold white face continued her authoritative run through her two-year-old season, when shefive of nine starts,  including the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes, both at Newbury, and the Group 2 Raab Karcher Baustoffe-Cup at Baden-Baden. She was also third in the Group 1 Prix Morny.

Although she ended her season with an unplaced finish in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, Golden Silca bounced back into top-class company the next year, finishing a close second to Hula Angel in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and runner-up to Balisada in the CoronationStakes at Royal Ascot, her last race as a three-year-old.

Golden Silca subsequently took on the world, returning at four in the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba, her first of five starts at the Dubai track.  Although unplaced that day, she was fourth in the following year's Duty Free - at the time a Group 2 - and fourth again the next season, when the race was a Group 1 and she was a six-year-old. She also ran in Germany, the US and Italy, and won eight races in all, four of them black-type - including the Group 3 Desmond Stakes at the Curragh - and was placed 21 times.

Mick Channon, who trained Golden Silca throughout her career, said: " Golden Silca was one of the best fillies I’ve trained and she certainly got me going as a trainer. She gave both Eddie and Carmel Aldridge some of their happiest moments in racing, and also some agonising ones, when finishing a very close second in both the Irish 1,000Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"It was a credit to the mare’s toughness and consistency that she was to become champion two-year-old filly in Germany in 1998 andalso champion older mare in Ireland in 2000."

At stud Golden Silca produced the dual winner Silca Destination, by Dubai Destination, and she has a two-year-old filly by Shamardal bought by John Gosden for 170,000gns last year.

She did not have a foal in 2008. However, her dam, 20-year-old Silca Cisa, is still at Kingwood Stud, where Golden Silca was born and raised. Silca Cisa is also the dam of Silca's Sister, winner of the 2005 Prix Morny, of Group 1-placed Silca Chiave and of multiple black-type winner Green Manalishi. She produced a filly foal by Dansili this year and was bred back to Oasis Dream.




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