Paddock accident claims life of Tiger Hill
FORMER Dalham Hall Stud resident Tiger Hill was put down on Thursday at Gestüt Fährhof near Bremen after sustaining a fracture in a paddock accident. The son of Danehill was 17.
Tiger Hill returned to covering duties in his native Germany after four seasons standing under the Darley banner in Newmarket and one spent at Kildangan Stud in County Kildare.
He began his stallion career at Gestüt Schlenderhan in 2001 and, after his first crops yielded the Group 1 winners Iota and Konigstiger, he was snapped up by Sheikh Mohammed's breeding operation.
British and Irish breeders gave him an enthusiastic reception on his arrival at Dalham Hall in 2006, sending him a glittering book of 144 mares that included 11 Group 1 performers and 12 Group 1 producers.
Among that first book of mares in Newmarket was Watership Down Stud's outstanding producer Darara. The Prix Vermeille winner's colt by Tiger Hill, Rewilding, became her fourth Group 1 winner and the sire's third with victories in last year's Dubai Sheema Classic and Prince of Wales's Stakes.
Tiger Hill has sired 67 black-type horses and 18 Group winners.
He is also gaining influence as a broodmare sire, with his daughters having produced this season's Preis der Diana heroine Salomina and the useful John Oxx-trained colt Akeed Mofeed.
Bred by Gestüt Wittekindshof out of the Appiani mare The Filly, Tiger Hill carried the silks of Baron Georg von Ullmann to win consecutive runnings of the Grosser Preis von Baden in 1998 and 1999, plus the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich.
Tiger Hill is the second recent major loss to the German stallion ranks after the death of Monsun this month.