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Influential sire Cadeaux Genereux dies aged 25

CADEAUX GENEREUX, one of the most influential British stallions of the last 15 years, has died aged 25.

Major Cadeaux - Richard Hughes - Sandown - April 2008

Major Cadeaux: one of 62 stakes winners by Cadeaux Genereux

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The son of Young Generation was retired from stallion duties earlier this year and died in his sleep on Thursday night, according to Whitsbury Stud manager Charlie Oakshott.

"He has been a wonderful, wonderful servant to us," said Oakshott. "Because of his age we were getting a bit worried about him and his liver and kidneys weren't functioning too well and he was getting a bit wobbly. Thankfully, given the circumstances he died peacefully in his sleep."

Having been foaled at Whitsbury, Cadeaux Genereux had stood at there since 1990, siring seven Group 1 winners including Bahamian Bounty, and Toylsome, as well as Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Donativum.

Two Group 1 winners, Bijou D'Inde and Hoh Magic, were bred by Whitsbury using the stud's annual four nominations. Another, Embassy, was bred by the Maktoum family.

His overall stud career reads 62 stakes winners from 18 crops of racing age that total exactly 1,000 foals. As a broodmare sire he is responsible for Dream Ahead, Notnowcato and Rajeem.

His son Bahamian Bounty and grandson Pastoral Pursuits are both successful sires at the National Stud. Another son, Major Cadeaux, stands at Bearstone Stud.





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