The 13-year-old Coolmore Stud resident Zoffany was euthanized today, owing to liver failure.
“Zoffany was a great servant and he’ll be a big loss,” said Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin.
The son of Dansili, bred by Croom House Stud, won the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes as a juvenile and ran a career best when runner-up to Frankel, beaten just three-quarters of a length, in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His first crop conceived at €7,500 included three juvenile group/stakes winners at Royal Ascot; namely Waterloo Bridge in the G2 Norfolk Stakes, Illuminate in the G3 Albany Stakes, and Washington DC in the listed Windsor Castle Stakes. This initial crop also included G1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club winner and G1 St Leger Stakes runner-up Ventura Storm.
Off the back of this early success, Zoffany attracted several high-quality books of mares which resulted in him siring some top-notch performers. In 2019 his daughter Albigna, owned and bred by the Niarchos Family, proved herself one of the best fillies in Europe when winning the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
In the latest season Zoffany was sire of three group-winning juveniles in the shape of G1 National Stakes winner Thunder Moon, G3 Naas Juvenile Sprint Stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf runner-up Mother Earth and G3 Marble Hill Stakes winner Minaun. Zoffany’s 2020 yearlings sold for up 580,000 guineas, led by a filly bred by James Cloney of Cn Farm and purchased by MV Magnier from consignors Highclere Stud.
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