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Silver Frost (centre) this year's Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner illustrates the enduring legacy of his grandsire Highest Honor

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Leading French sire Highest Honor dies

HIGHEST HONOR, one of the most successful French sires of recent times, died last night after suffering a heart attack at the Haras du Quesnay. He was 26.

The son of Kenmare had stood at Alec Head's Normandy operation for the entirety of his stud career, and was retired from covering duties last year.

A top-class performer on the track, he was trained by Pascal Bary for owner Issam Fares to win the Prix d'Ispahan at four. He also finished runner-up in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the Prix Jean Prat and the Prix de la Foret.

His stud career got off to a flying start when his first crop yielded the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier winner Dadarissime and Group 3 scorer Take Risks, and they were later joined by the Group/Grade 1 winners Dedication, Reve D'Oscar, Marotta, Admise, Medaaly, Royal Honor and Sagacity.

He has helped boost the fortunes of the Grey Sovereign sire line, which had suffered a downturn in fortunes following various exports and premature deaths, by leaving a legacy of successful stallion sons.

Chief among them is Verglas, a Coventry Stakes winner who was initially retired to stud in France at a lowly fee, who has compiled an impressive progeny record, headed by this year's Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Silver Frost.

Highest Honor also has a fine record as a broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Derby Italiano winner Groom Tesse, high-class miler Vahorimix, top stayer Geordieland and recent Royal Ascot scorer Perfect Stride.

Crowned champion French sire in 1995 and 2000, Highest Honor's fee hit a high of €35,000 between 2003 and 2005.

 

 

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