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Silver Patriach with Pat Eddery wins Coronation Cup at Epsom June 1998

Silver Patriarch: popular triple Group 1 winner died on Thursday aged 15

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St Leger winner Silver Patriarch dies at age 15

SILVER Patriarch, who presented Pat Eddery with a memorable 4,000th domestic winner in the 1997 St Leger, has died at the age of 15 at the National Stud in Newmarket.

The son of Saddlers' Hall passed away from natural causes in his paddock on Thursday morning.

Silver Patriarch was a high-class and tough middle-distance performer for owner Peter Winfield and trainer John Dunlop. As well as the St Leger, he was also successful in the Coronation Cup and Gran Premio del Jockey Club, and ran a short head second to Benny The Dip in the 1997 Derby.

He retired in 2000 as the winner of over £900,000 in prize-money to stand at the National Stud, where he spent six seasons before switching to Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire.

Declining fertility forced his withdrawal from stud duty in June and consequently, he returned to the National Stud to live out his retirement.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Silver Patriarch. He had so many fans because of his terrific career on the racetrack and he was always a very great favourite amongst our visitors during his stud career," said Brian O'Rourke, managing director of the National Stud.

"We had hoped that he would be able to enjoy a long retirement back here with us at the National Stud but sadly it was not to be. He will be greatly missed here, and our condolences are sent to his owners; to John Dunlop who looked after him throughout his racing career; and to Pat Eddery who formed such a tremendous association with him, riding him in 21 of his 24 races."

Dual Listed winner Party Boss is Silver Patriarch's most notable runner on the Flat, but his progeny also enjoyed success over jumps led by Rimsky, who won the Grade 2 Persian War Novices' Hurdle, Grade 3-winning chaser Third Level Tom and Funny Times, who won the EBF DBS Mares' Only NH Flat Race.

Out of the Grey Dawn mare Early Rising, Silver Patriarch was a half-brother to Ascot Gold Cup winner Papineau.

 

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