Heart Attack Claims Manduro at 18

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Manduro | Darley

Highweight Manduro (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}-Mandellicht {Ire}, by Be My Guest), sustained a fatal heart attack at Haras du Logis on Saturday, Darley announced. The five-time highweight was 18 and stood for €7,000 at Haras du Logis this year. Bred by Rolf Brunner, the half-brother to SW, G1 German Oaks third, and Group 1 producer Mandela (Ger) (Acatenango {Ger}) brought €130,000 at the 2003 Baden-Baden September Yearling Sale and would race his entire career in the colours of Baron Georg von Ullmann.

Two-for-two in his juvenile season and named Germany’s champion 2-year-old colt after a win in the 2004 G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten, Manduro won two of his three appearances at three, including the G3 Preis der Deutschen Einheit. Transferred from Peter Schiergen to Andre Fabre prior to his 4-year-old bow, the French highweighted older horse that year saluted in the 2006 G2 Prix d’Harcourt and was never worse than third in seven more starts in 2006, five in Group 1 company.

At five, Manduro was the finished article and swept all before him in a five-for-five campaign before injury derailed his Arc bid. Starting off with a win in the G3 Earl of Sefton S., Manduro earned his first Group 1 tally in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan, and claimed the G1 Prince of Wales’s S. and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois in succession. His final victory was back at ParisLongchamp in the G2 Prix Foy before injury forced his retirement with a record of 18-10-3-4 with $1,990,563 in earnings. He was named the French highweighted older horse from 7-9 1/2f and 9 1/2f-11f, as well as the highweighted older horse in England from 9 1/2-11f.

Retired initially to Kildangan Stud in 2008, he stood at Dalham Hall Stud in 2009, before serving three more years in Ireland. The dark bay has been based in France since 2013.

Manduro is credited with three champions, and 35 black-type winners–20 of them at group level. Leading his progeny is three-time Group 1 winner Vazirabad (Fr), with Ribbons (GB), Charity Line (Ire), Mandaean (GB), Ultra (Ire), and Braco Forte (Brz) other top-shelf winners. The last-named is a two-time Group 1 winner in Brazil from Manduro’s single Southern Hemisphere crop during the 2012/13 season. As a broodmare sire, Manduro has seven black-type winners, three group winners and one Group 1 heroine-G1 English 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}).

Sam Bullard, Darley Director of Stallions, said, “Manduro has been a wonderful servant and will be greatly missed by the team. He has been a reliable source of winners and stakes performers for breeders.”

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