Refuse To Bend: multiple Group 1 winner was due to stand his first season this year at Haras du Logis in NormandyPICTURE: Getty Images
Refuse To Bend
dies of heart attack
REFUSE To Bend, the 2003 2,000 Guineas winner who sired top French filly Sarafina, died on Friday of a heart attack at Haras du Logis in Normandy. The 12-year-old son of Sadler's Wells was about to stand his first season in France following stints at Kildangan Stud and Whitsbury Manor Stud.
His death is the second blow for Darley this year following the loss of Echo Of Light last month.
Bred by Moyglare Stud Farm out of the Gulch mare Market Slide, Refuse To Bend was initially trained by Dermot Weld, who sent him outto win the National Stakes and 2,000 Guineas in the colours of his breeder.
He was purchased privately by Sheikh Mohammed and transferred to Saeed Bin Suroor for his four-year-old campaign, for whom he captured the Queen Anne and Eclipse Stakes.
Weld said: "He was a very good horse. A lovely horse to train and a lovely-made horse. A proper gentleman to deal with, very honest and true.
"He was a horse close to my heart having won an English 2,000 Guineas when he got a brilliant ride from Pat Smullen and had the race won a long way out. I have many happy memories of him."
Retired to Kildangan Stud at a fee of €20,000 in 2005, Refuse To Bend sired champion Sarafina - winner of the Prix de Diane, Prix Saint-Alary and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud for the Aga Khan - in his third crop and last season's Prix Saint-Alary heroine Wavering in his fourth. In total, he has sired 15 stakes winners and 23 stakes horses from seasons served in Europe and Australia.
He was due to stand this season for €5,000.
"Refuse To Bend's death will be a significant loss for breeders, Haras du Logis and to Darley," said Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Darley. "He was a superb racehorse and he had it all ahead of him as a stallion. Refuse To Bend's progeny had a wonderful 2010 and 2011 and as a result he was proving very popular in France this year."