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Rock Of Gibraltar dies on the age of 23


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  • Rock Of Gibraltar, who clocked seven Group One wins on the Flat together with the 2,000 Guineas and the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2002, and who then went on to have a prolific profession at stud, has died on the age of 23.

    Racing giants Coolmore introduced immediately (24 October) that the stallion, who gained £1,164,804 throughout his racing profession, “handed away final night time because of coronary heart failure”.

    The son of Danehill, bred by the late Joe Crowley and Anne-Marie and Aidan O’Brien, was the primary horse ever to win seven consecutive Group One races within the northern hemisphere breaking Mill Reef’s 30-year-old document.

    Rock Of Gibraltar was topped world three-year-old champion in 2002 and he sired a complete of 16 Group One or Grade One winners worldwide. These had been headed by Criterium Worldwide and Eclipse Stakes winner Mount Nelson and Golden Jubilee Stakes and Haydock Dash Cup winner Society Rock, together with Irish 1,000 Guineas and Backyard Metropolis Stakes winner Samitar. He was additionally a notable broodmare sire; his daughters produced two latest 2,000 Guineas winners in Kameko and Poetic Flare.

    Rock Of Gibraltar, who was educated by Aidan O’Brien all through his profession, was stabled at Castlehyde Stud, a department of Coolmore, on the time of his loss of life.

    Castlehyde supervisor Paddy Fleming mentioned in a press release: “He was wholesome and looking out nice proper as much as the tip. He was a unbelievable racehorse and an excellent sire who can be missed by all of the workers right here.”

    Rock Of Gibraltar retired to Coolmore for a personal price in 2003 and shuttled between Australia, Japan, Chile and Brazil in addition to persevering with to cowl just a few mares in Eire lately.

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