Brilliant Horse of the Year and prolific sire Manduro suffered a fatal heart attack on Saturday, 27 June at Haras du Logis.
Manduro was a Champion juvenile in his native Germany, winning the G3 Preis der Winterfavoriten by five lengths. After winning another G3 in his Classic season, he transferred to Andre Fabre’s stable in France. He landed the G2 Prix d’Harcourt as a four-year-old, in a campaign spent largely at G1 level.
Manduro added to his impressive record with seconds in the Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix d’Ispahan, with his thirds including at Royal Ascot in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
It was as a five-year-old that he matured into the world’s best racehorse. In an unbeaten season, he started off at Newmarket when beating Classic winner Speciosa by four lengths in the G3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes. A month later, he landed his first G1 when beating Turtle Bowl by five lengths in the Prix d’Ispahan, before heading back to Royal Ascot to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, dispatching Dylan Thomas with ease.
Remaining in France for his final two starts, Manduro won the Prix Jacques le Marois back over a mile by three lengths before an easy win in the G2 Prix Foy when being prepped for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Sadly injury curtailed that plan and he was retired to Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Manduro covered 13 seasons at Kildangan Stud, Dalham Hall Stud and in his latter years, Haras du Logis in France. He is the sire of 35 Stakes winners, headed by French Champion stayer Vazirabad, top-class fillies Ribbons and Charity Line, and French Champion juvenile Ultra, who was standing alongside his sire at Haras du Logis.
He is also a very good broodmare sire with Classic winner Billesdon Brook and last week’s Royal Ascot Group winner Fanny Logan.
Sam Bullard, Director of Stallions, said, “Manduro has been a wonderful servant and will be greatly missed by the team. He has been a reliable source of winners and Stakes performers for breeders."