A GROUP ONE winner on the track and sire of last season’s Group 1 National Stakes hero Thunder Moon, Zoffany has been euthanised aged 13 owing to liver failure. The son of Dansili, he was the winner of the Phoenix Stakes at two, a closing narrow second to the mighty Frankel in the St James’s Palace Stakes at three, and has sired 20 individual Group winners and 18 further Listed scorers to date.
He was set to stand his tenth consecutive season for Coolmore, whose David O’Loughlin said: “Zoffany was a great servant and he’ll be a big loss.” His first crop, conceived at a fee of €7,500, included no fewer than three Royal Ascot winners in Norfolk Stakes scorer Waterloo Bridge, Albany victress Illuminate and Windsor Castle winner Washington DC.
Zoffany has sired three individual Group One winners in Albigna, who struck in the Prix Marcel Boussac, Gran Premio del Jockey Club hero Ventura Storm, and last year’s National Stakes hero Thunder Moon, who is prominent in the market for this year’s 2000 Guineas. He had also been responsible for last season’s Group 3 Naas winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf runner-up Mother Earth, and Marble Hill Stakes winner Minaun.
A 220,000gns purchase as a yearling from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Zoffany won five of 13 starts for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore partners. He won his first two outings at two and subsequently struck in the Listed Golden Fleece and Group 3 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown before his Phoenix Stakes success.
Zoffany did not win at three but gave Frankel the biggest scare of his career when running him close in the St James’s Palace, while he also filled the runner-up spot in the Prix Jean Prat.