Sunday 19 November 2017

Hannon's promising Piping Rock dies of colic

Piping Rock
Piping Rock

Thomas Kelly

Piping Rock, winner of the Horris Hill Stakes, has died following an attack of colic.

Trained by Richard Hannon, the Dubawi colt won each of his three starts in 2013, culminating in his Group Three triumph at Newbury.

Subsequently purchased by Godolphin, Piping Rock was attended by vets but they were unable to save the Classic hopeful.

"The vets did everything possible for Piping Rock but very sadly there was nothing they could do to save him," said Richard Hannon Jnr.

"He hardly came off the bridle when winning all three of his races and showed in the Horris Hill Stakes that he was a genuine 2000 Guineas contender, so it is very sad to lose such a good horse."

Elsewhere, Baby Run, winner at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown festivals, has been retired by owner-trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies after he finished fourth in a veterans' handicap chase at Haydock yesterday.

Baby Run won both the 2009 Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown and the Christie's Foxhunter Chase at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.

Baby Run signs off having won 10 races from 26 starts, earning over £170,000 in prize-money.

Irish Independent

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