ORPEN DIES

28 Jan 2021 14:13


 

Important international sire Orpen died late Jan. 26 after suffering from colic and not recovering from emergency surgery, according to Turf Diario. He was 25.

Susan Magnier and trainer Aidan O’Brien eventually campaigned Orpen (by Lure), who won his debut and became a group 1 winner in his next start in the Prix Morny at Deauville. 

Orpen began his stud career in Ireland and shuttled for four years to Australia before being tried in South America, where his half-brother Jules had thrived at Haras Santa Maria de Araras and became leading sire in Brazil for the 2002-03 racing year. 

From 18 crops of racing age worldwide, Orpen sired 112 black-type winners that included 67 graded/group winners and 12 champions, including South African stars Private Jet, Rocks Off and War Artist.

His sire-son Lingote de Oro was Argentina’s 2011 Horse of the Year and also champion older horse and champion stayer.



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