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Kalderon winning at Killarneyunder David Casey

Kalderon: the ill-fated smart novice chaser was by Big Shuffle

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Major German sire Big Shuffle dies aged 25

BIG SHUFFLE, one of the leading influences for speed in German breeding for the past two decades, died today. He was 25.

Karl-Dieter Ellerbracke, co-owner of Gestuet Auenquelle in north-west Germany where the son of Super Concorde stood for most of his career, told "We had taken him to the veterinary unit of the University of Hanover because of a leg problem, but sadly he died.

"He was a champion sire in all divisions, even with jumps horses."

Bred by Moyglare Stud Farm out of the US Grade 3 winner Raise Your Skirts, Big Shuffle was trained by Dermot Weld to win the Cork And Orrery Stakes and Tetrarch Stakes at three, and added the Greenlands Stakes to his resume at four.

Big Shuffle also finished runner-up to Soviet Star in the July Cup and third behind Salse in the Prix de la Foret at four.

At the conclusion of his racing career in 1989 he was exported to stand in Germany, where he was leading sire in the country on four ocasions, including in 2009.

Big Shuffle's best progeny includes Group 1 winner Turfrose, and Group winners Abbadjinn, Agnetha, Auenklang, Gonfilia, Konig Turf, Peppercorn, Pepperstorm, Precious Boy and Smooth Operator. Another Group-winning son, Pomellato, begins stud duties at Haras d'Etreham in 2010.

Daughters of Big Shuffle have produced the high-class performers Boccassini, Grandcamp and Oriental Tiger, as well as Glad Tiger, who won one of Germany's most important juvenile races, the Preis der Winterfavoriten, this year.

Big Shuffle has also made his mark as a jumps sire, supplying Desert Orchid Chase winner Fiepes Shuffle and ill-fated smart novice chaser Kalderon.






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