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Death of Filia Ardross owner Klaus Rohde

KLAUS ROHDE, owner of Filia Ardross and at one time a familiar figure in Newmarket, where he was often to be seen riding his bicycle, died in Bonn recently.

Dr Rohde had been a professor of political economy at the University of Bonn. He was already approaching retirement when his colours were carried to victory by dual Classic winner Filia Ardross, a horse he bought as a foal for only 6,600gns at the 1986 Tattersalls December sales.

The daughter of Ardross won three races in Germany, including the German 1,000 Guineas and Preis der Diana (Oaks). She added two more victories, in the Listed Winter Hill Stakes and Group 3 Select Stakes, after her owner had moved her to Alex Stewart at Newmarket.

Filia Ardross went on to further success as a broodmare. Her daughter Sunspangled (Caerleon) won the Fillies' Mile at Ascot in 1997 and ran second to Ramruma in the Irish Oaks.

Another daughter, the Pat Flynn-trained Sadler's Wells mare French Ballerina, carried Susan Magnier's colours to victory in the 1998 Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. Both big winners were bred in partnership with Coolmore.

Rohde also owned useful juvenile Johannesburg Cat and last year's fair two-year-old Black Cool Cat.

 

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