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Dual Juddmonte hero Ezzoud is dead.

EZZOUD, the dual winner of the Juddmonte International Stakes, has died at the age of nine due to complications resulting from a series of operations.

The son of Last Tycoon, who stood at The Queen's Royal Studs, was put down because of the foot disease laminitis. He had had three operations in the space of six weeks, the first due to what Royal Studs manager Sir Michael Oswald described as an initial "simple short operation".

But complications arose from that and he needed further surgery for a hernia. Ezzoud then suffered post-operative colic. "We really thought we were winning when he suffered laminitis in one foot," Oswald said. "The first two operations compromised the blood supply to the lamini, which attaches the pedal bone to the inside of the hoof. It is very difficult to control that. Although there was even a third operation we didn't want him to suffer any more so he was put down on humane grounds on Thursday.

"It is very sad, he was a very promising young stallion with four winners from his first crop of runners. He was a thoroughly nice horse and a very good racehorse."

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Ezzoud showed the merits of keeping older horses in training with three Group 1 successes at four and five. As well as two successive wins in the Juddmonte, he also landed the 1994 Coral Eclipse Stakes, in which Derby winner Erhaab was third.

Oswald added that both the Queen and the Queen Mother had sent mares to Ezzoud since he retired to the Royal Studs in Sandringham, Norfolk, in 1995.

A replacement will now be sought, with one potential stallion, Dr Fong, already being considered.

There has been speculation linking the St James's Palace Stakes winner to the Royal Studs, but Sir Michael said: "I don't know much about Dr Fong yet. He is one of those horses everybody will be looking at and we don't know yet whether he will stay in training another year. I would be surprised if we were the only people looking at him. It is a bit hard to find potential stallions at the moment."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Griffiths, Richard
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 22, 1998
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