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Generous dam dies; Mare put down after foaling.

DOFF THE DERBY, the dam of 1991 Derby winner Generous and of the world record-priced foal sold at auction, has been put down after foaling at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, writes Tony Smurthwaite.

The 18-year-old was euthanised as the result of laminitis, a painful hoof complaint, after producing a colt foal to 1997 2,000 Guineas winner Entrepreneur.

Her death on Wednesday was confirmed yesterday by Coolmore's managing director Christy Grassick, who paid tribute to one of the world's most distinguished broodmares.

He said: "It is very sad news. She was one of the greatest broodmares of all but was suffering from severe laminitis and was put down on humane grounds.''

Wins for Generous in the Coventry Stakes and Dew-

hurst Stakes at two, and English and Irish Derbys and King George at three, turned his dam into a priceless asset.

Bred to some of the best stallions in Europe, her offspring were the highest-priced lots in the foal section of Tattersalls' December Sales in 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1997.

The most remarkable of those prices came 17 months ago, when Satish Sanan bid 2,500,000gns for her bay colt by Caerleon, now named Padua's Pride and in training with Dermot Weld.

Doff The Derby, unraced in the US, was one of those rare broodmares first mated as a two-year-old. A daughter of Master Derby, she was a half-sister to Trillion, dam of Triptych.

She produced six winners in all, including Japanese millionaire Osumi Tycoon and Irish 1,000 Guineas second Strawberry Roan.

Doff The Derby's foals were offered for sale by David and Diana Nagle of Ireland's Barronstown Stud, but when news of her own impending sale came to light last year it transpired that she was owned by a variety of concerns.

One of them, New Zealand-based Scorton Investments Limited, blocked her sale to the dismay of principal shareholder Roncon Ltd, owned by Coolmore boss John Magnier.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 8, 1999
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