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Polar Falcon, top sprinter and sire, dies.

Byline: Seb Vance

POLAR FALCON, champion sprinter of 1991 and sire of multiple Group 1 winners, has died at the age of 14, writes Seb Vance.

The Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and Ladbroke Sprint Cup winner was put down at the Rossdales and Partners' Veterinary Clinic in Newmarket, following a recent illness suspected to be associated with a lung tumour.

Trained by John Hammond, the son of Nureyev went on to sire Group 1 winners Pivotal, Exclusive and Shibuni's Falcon at Cheveley Park Stud, whose owners David and Patricia Thompson bought him from Michel Zerolo at the end of his three-year-old career.

The stud's managing director, Chris Richardson, said yesterday: "We are extremely sad to have lost Polar Falcon so suddenly, at a time when his progeny are performing at such a high level.

"He was a kind horse with an immense character, who gave us many many magical moments both on the racecourse and through his progeny."

Polar Falcon's biggest successes came as a four-year-old, first winning the Group 3 Prix Edmond Blanc before following up in the Lockinge at Newbury under Lester Piggott.

Polar Falcon finished fourth in the July Cup and Prix Jacques le Marois, but his finest hour came in the Sprint Cup at Haydock, where he beat Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Sheikh Albadou and Guineas winners Shadayid and Mystiko. He was retired in 1991 to take up a successful career at stud.

This year, Polar Falcon headed the table for the leading British-based sire, with 66 individual winners of 107 races.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2001
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