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Samitar: Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine is out of Aileen's Gift

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Norman Court Stud star mare Aileen's Gift dies

NORMAN Court Stud has been dealt a blow with the death of its high-achieving foundation mare Aileen's Gift, the dam of two Royal Ascot winners.

The daughter of Rainbow Quest died in a paddock accident at the Wiltshire operation yesterday. She was 14.

Aileen's Gift was bought on behalf of Norman Court owners Patrick and Tania Trant by Gill Richardson as an unraced broodmare for €17,000 from Goffs in 2005.

She soon vindicated her purchase, as the Noverre filly she was carrying at the time was Albany Stakes winner Nijoom Dubai.

The mare achieved the unusual feat of producing two winners of the same Royal Ascot race last year, when Nijoom Dubai's half-sister Samitar also landed the Albany Stakes.

Samitar went on to land the valuable Tattersalls Millions 2yo Flllies' Trophy that season, plus the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Grade 1 Garden City Stakes this year.

Aileen's Gift was not in foal at the time of her death and last year she aborted a Sixties Icon foal, so the Sixties Icon yearling colt who was sold to Rabbah Bloodstock for 65,000gns at Tattersalls in October is her last foal.

Tania Trant said: “It's extremely sad for the stud as Aileen's Gift was one of our best foundation mares – she will be sadly missed.”





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