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Height Of Fashion dies at age of 21; Former royal filly was dam of Nashwan.

HEIGHT OF FASHION, the dam of Derby winner Nashwan and cornerstone of an illustrious breeding dynasty for Hamdan Al Maktoum, has died at the Shadwell Stud in Kentucky at the age of 21, writes Graham Green.

She was again in foal, this time to leading US sire AP Indy.

Height Of Fashion was bred by the Queen and raced in the royal colours until, unbeaten in five starts-including the Lupe Stakes at Goodwood and Newmarket's Princess of Wales's Stakes-she was sold for pounds 1.5 million midway through her three-year-old campaign, reportedly to help finance the purchase of Hodcott House stables, including West Ilsley, from the Weinstock family.

Although it looked a questionable investment by Sheikh Hamdan when the filly was beaten in her last two races, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks, it was to prove the exact opposite once she began her stud career in the United States.

As well as Nashwan, who landed the 2,000 Guineas,

Derby, Eclipse and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1989, Height Of Fashion was also the dam of Unfuwain, the winner of six races including the Princess of Wales's Stakes and Jockey Club Stakes. Both have since gone on to establish themselves as highly successful sires.

Her other offspring included Alwasmi, winner of the John Porter Stakes; Listed winners Mukddaam and Sarayir; and Bashayer and Wijdan.

She currently has an unraced two-year-old colt by Gulch, named Nayef, in training with Marcus Tregoning.

"From the point of view of Shadwell and Sheikh Hamdan's operation in general, Height Of Fashion has had such an impact since she was bought from the Queen that she has been a favourite of all of us," said Richard Lancaster, stud manager for the Shadwell Estate company.

"I think her legacy will be seen throughout Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell operation for many years to come."

Height Of Fashion, the fourth foal of the Queen's 1,000 Guineas and Prix de Diane winner Highclere, by Bustino, was officially rated the joint-top juvenile filly in Europe in 1981, when she won the Acomb Stakes at York, the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and the Fillies' Mile at Ascot.

At three she won the Lupe Stakes but missed the Oaks because it was thought unlikely that she would be suited by Epsom.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Greene, Graham (English writer)
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2000
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