Thursday 29 September 2016

Former Aidan O'Brien-trained stallion Aussie Rules euthanised because of a tumour

Published 29/02/2016 | 14:47

Aussie Rules winning his maiden at the Curragh in 2005
Aussie Rules winning his maiden at the Curragh in 2005

Former Classic winning miler Aussie Rules has been put down at stud after suffering a short illness due to a tumour.

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The former Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Danehill, winner of both the French 2000 Guineas and Grade One Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in 2006, was euthanized on veterinary advice at Lanwades Stud where he was currently residing.

Since retiring, the 13 year-old, who had been at Lanwades since 2012 after being transferred from Castlehyde Stud in Ireland, had sired the winners of over 790 races worldwide including 18 Group race winners.

Among his most notable offspring was talented mare Fiesolana, winner of the 2014 Matron Stakes.

Kirsten Rausing, owner and general manager of Lanwades Stud, said: "We are greatly saddened at the tragic loss of Aussie Rules.

"He was a lovely co-operative horse to work with, his enthusiasm and zest for life makes his loss the harder to bear for all of us who knew him.

"His name will live on through his many successful racing progeny."

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