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Death of prolific sprint sire Forzando aged 28.

FORZANDO, a prolific source of winners over the past 20 years, died on Tuesday at Throckmorton Court Stud at the age of 28. The son of Formidable had spent the past three seasons in retirement.

"He was a smashing horse who did us proud," said the stud's Peter Balding yesterday. "He could get a sharp two-year-old and bred a lot of good winners. He was a pleasure to deal with and one of the kindest stallions we've had. 'Fozzy' will be very hard to replace."

Forzando was a useful twoyear-old for Michael Jarvis, winning five races, including a valuable Newmarket nursery under topweight. Although he improved again as a three-yearold to take the Group 2 Premio Melton, it was not until he was switched to the US at four that he blossomed, with his most notable victory coming in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap.

Forzando retired to Littleton Stud in 1987 and wasted little time in making his name as a consistent producer of tough and fast horses. Among his best performers were the Group-winning sprint juveniles Up And At 'Em and Easycall, as well as Cork and Orrery Stakes winner Superior Premium, himself sire of Listed winner Baby Strange.

Forzando is also broodmare sire of last season's Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Muhannak.

Forzando was transferred to Throckmorton Court Stud in 1998 after a nine-year stint at Britton House Stud. Out of the King's Troop mare Princely Maid, he was a half-brother to Group 2placed sprinter Lady Constance.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2009
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