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Death of jumps sire Medaaly at 17.

Byline: Martin Stevens

MEDAALY, the sire of last week's Arkle Chase fourth Medermit, died at stud on Friday night, aged 17.

The grey son of Highest Honor suffered cardiac arrest after covering a mare at Badger Hill Stud in County Galway. He had covered four mares this season.

Trained by Saeed Bin Suroor for Sheikh Mohammed, Medaaly provided jockey Gary Hind with his sole European Group 1 success when defeating subsequent Derby winner Benny The Dip in the 1996 Racing Post Trophy. He raced just once at three, when well beaten in the Dante Stakes.

Medaaly retired to Haras du Logis in Normandy in 1999 and was exported to stand in South Africa in 2004. As his progeny began to excel over jumps he was returned to Europe four years later to stand in Ireland as a National Hunt stallion.

Medaaly's early jumps stars were Group 1 Prix Renaud du Vivier Hurdle winner Shekira and dual Grade 1 novice chase scorer Sky's The Limit, while his most recent flagbearer is Medermit, who beat subsequent Arkle Chase winner Captain Chris to land last month's Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices' Chase.

Bred by Sheikh Mohammed, Medaaly was out of Dance Of Leaves, a Sadler's Wells daughter of matriarch Fall Aspen, and a half-brother to Queen Anne Stakes scorer and sire Charnwood Forest.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2011
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