WORLD CHAMPION MILER and leading French sire Slickly has been euthanised at the grand old age of 25 at Haras du Logis. The grey had been pensioned from stud duties in 2019, having stood at Logis since he retired to stud in 2003. Julian Ince, who has managed Slickly’s stud career, said: “Slickly has been a wonderful horse to have at Logis, and had a very loyal following among French breeders.
He was the perfect sire for the French ‘primes’; his stock could win as early juveniles and still be going strong as 7yos, much as he was himself. He reliably transmitted his will to win. “He was quite white in his old age, with plenty of lumps and bumps, but he was always happy to see a friendly face, and it was a sad day when we finally had to let him go.”
Bred by Jean-Luc Lagardere, Slickly was trained initially by Andre Fabre for Godolphin to win the Group 3 Prix la Rochette at two and the Group 2 Prix Noailles and Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at three, in addition to finishing second to future stablemate Dubai Millennium in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois.
Transferred to Saeed bin Suroor at four, Slickly added the Group 3 La Coupe and Group 2 Prix Dollar, and he was at his best at five when winning the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua. Slickly made just one start at six, successfully defending his Premio Vittorio di Capua title. Slickly’s 17 Stakes winners were headed by his multiple Group One winner Meandre, who like his sire won the Grand Prix de Paris.
At his peak, 17% of Slickly’s offspring won at least €100,000 in prize money and French premiums. Slickly’s line will continue through the likes of his Group One performer Gris De Gris, who is doing well as a National Hunt sire, while his broodmare daughters include the Group One producer Maka. He hails from a strong family: Slickly’s sister Sichilla is the dam of French Champion Sire Siyouni.