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Horse Racing: 1988 Doncaster hero Minster Son dies at stud.

Byline: Paul Eacott

MINSTER SON, winner of the 1988 St Leger, died on Wednesday at Acrum Lodge Stud in County Durham, his home since retirement, writes Paul Eacott.

Trained by Dick Hern for Lady Beaverbrook, the son of Niniski raced eight times, winning in excess of pounds 150,000 in prize-money.

He won once from three starts as a two-year-old, claiming the scalp of his more fancied stable-mate Unfuwain on his debut at Newbury.

His only defeat as a three-year-old came in the Derby, in which he finished eighth behind Kahyasi. As well as his length defeat of Diminuendo in the St Leger - on what proved to be his final start - he also landed the Predominate and Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

Acrum Lodge's Joanne Dunne said: "He had suffered from equine asthma and over the last two weeks his condition had deteriorated, so the vet came to see him on Wednesday."

Willie Carson, who bred Minster Son and rode him in all his starts bar his debut, said: "He was an aggressive, talented horse who didn't like to get beat.

"He was a fairytale horse as I'm the only man to ride and breed a Classic winner. Although he hasn't had the greatest success as a stallion, he was a great racehorse."

Minster Son was a fair source of jumps and point-to-point winners, with last season's fast-improving handicap chaser Ross Comm among his notable progeny.

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Minster Son and Willie Carson, who bred the colt, after their St Leger victory in 1988
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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