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Septimus winning the Doncaster Cup under Johnny Murtagh

Septimus: Irish St Leger winner was pulled from stud duty earlier this year

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Death of Septimus after gelding complications

SEPTIMUS, the 13-length winner of the 2008 Irish St Leger, has died due to complications following a gelding operation.

The seven-year-old son of Sadler's Wells stood his first season this year at Castle Hyde Stud under the Coolmore jumps banner but was pulled from stud duty when only three of the 21 mares he covered were tested in foal.  

Trained by Aidan O'Brien on behalf of Derrick Smith, Septimus won his first two starts as a two-year-old including the Beresford Stakes, and entered the Derby equation the following year when taking the Dante Stakes by eight lengths. Although only 12th behind Sir Percy at Epsom, he developed into a top-class stayer at four with victories in the Lonsdale Stakes and Yorkshire Cupas well as the Irish St Leger.

Bred by Barronstown Stud and Orpendale, Septimus was out of Caladira, a winning daughter of Darshaan from the family of high-class sire Lord Gayle.





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