Middle-distance star Hurricane Run dies at stud aged 14
Hurricane Run winning the 2005 Arc from Motivator and Westerner
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Arc winner Hurricane Run dies aged 14
By MarK SCULLY 3:23PM 14 DEC 2016
HURRICANE RUN, a four-time Group 1 winner and sire of the likes of Ectot and Magic Hurricane, has died at the age of 14.
The son of Montjeu, who won the 2005 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and following year's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, had been standing at Germany's Ammerland Stud, where he was also bred and from where his death was announced on Wednesday.
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"It is with great sadness that we would like to say that we had to give up our great stallion Hurricane Run due to serious complications during a planned routine operation this morning," said a statement.
"We would also like to thank all the breeders who supported him."
Trained by Andre Fabre and owned by Michael Tabor, Hurricane Run was a winner of eight of his 14 career starts – and £2,447,602 in prize-money – and notched his first Group 1 success when winning the Irish Derby at the Curragh under Kieren Fallon in 2005.
The colt suffered defeat only once that summer – in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly – and he capped off a fine campaign with victory in the Arc, beating Westerner and a field that also included the Derby winner Motivator. The performance catapulted him to top the year's global rankings and helped him scoop the Cartier European Horse Of The Year prize.
He returned to the Curragh for his first start of 2006, scaring away all but two rivals as he added the Tattersalls Gold Cup to his CV before emulating his father in completing the Arc-King George double later that year.
That Ascot success, which came with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle, was to be his last. Third behind Rail Link back at Longchamp in October 2006, he occupied the same position in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket under Mick Kinnane before failing to land a blow in his final start in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill.
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