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Guineas winner Doyoun dies at 17.

Byline: David Carr

SIR MICHAEL STOUTE and Walter Swinburn yesterday paid tribute to their 1988 2,000 Guineas winner Doyoun, who has died in Turkey at the age of 17.

The trainer and jockey both lauded the toughness of the Aga Khan's horse, who also finished third in the Derby and the Champion Stakes before retiring to stud and siring the likes of Daylami and Kalanisi.

"I have very fond memories of him and it was a great thrill to be able to train his son Kalanisi," Stoute said. "He was a

solid, honest colt.

"He won his only start at two, then came out and won the Craven and then the Guineas. He wasn't the best I have trained - Kalanisi was better than he was - but he was very honest and a joy to train.

"He ran very well in Kahyasi's Derby and a mile and a half was probably just stretching him - he ran with credit there but I think the Derby took a lot out of him, going just a bit beyond his optimum

distance."

Doyoun died last Thursday at the Veliefendi equine hospital in Istanbul

after suffering from an undisclosed health problem for nearly a month. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death. He won three of his seven races, beating Warning in the Craven before gaining his most notable success when beating Charmer by half a length under Swinburn in the Guineas.

He wore his owner's first colours when beaten three lengths by the Aga Khan's apparent `second-string' Kahyasi - trained by Luca Cumani - in the Derby.

"He was a good Guineas winner but

I think he probably put up his best

performance to be placed in the Derby when he wasn't really a stayer," Swinburn said.

"He didn't quite get home but he was a really tough, gutsy racehorse. It wasn't his best performance in the Guineas, and it was his class that got him home that day - he ran a bit free."

Besides Kalanisi, other

notable horses Doyoun sired after being retired to Gilltown Stud in Ireland include

Manndar and this year's Irish Oaks winner Margarula.

He was sold to the Turkish National Stud in 1998 and stood for four seasons in Turkey, covering at a fee of around pounds 3,200 this year.

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