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Prominent German sire Sternkönig dies aged 20

GROUP 1 winner and sire Sternkönig died on Thursday after suffering a thigh fracture at Gestüt Görlsdorf in Germany.

The grey son of Kalaglow was among a vintage crop of German horses foaled in 1990 and he regularly locked horns with his peers Lando and Monsun, who went on to stellar stud careers.

Sternkönig finished third to Lando in the Deutsches Derby and second to the same horse in the Group 2 Hansa-Preis. He also finished third to Monsun in the Group 1Europa Preis.

He enjoyed his moments in the sun when winning the Group 3 Furstenberg-Rennen at three and the Group 1 Preis der Privatbankiers Merck, Finck & Co, as well as the Premio Federico Tesio and Premio Roma Vecchio, in the following year.

Sternkönig began his career at his owners Gestüt Röttgen, and his finest hour at stud came when Röttgen bred easy Derby Italiano winner Kallisto after sending their mare Kaliniktato him.

Kallisto now stands at Röttgen himself, and his highest-rated runner is Deutsches Derby runner-up Dickens.

Sternkönig spent the past three seasons at Gestüt Görlsdorf, where he had been advertised at a fee of €2,500.

His other notable progeny include Canadian International runner-up and dual Group 2 winner Simonas, Prix du Cadran and Grand de Paris third Orion Star, and the useful Charlie Mann-trained hurdler and novice chaser Gauvain. He is also damsire of last year's Irish St Leger runner-up Clowance.

 

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