Powerscourt Dies In Turkey


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G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and GI Arlington Million winner Powerscourt (GB) (Sadler's Wells-Rainbow Lake {GB}, by Rainbow Quest) has died age 21 at the Jockey Club of Turkey after suffering a heart attack.

Bred by Juddmonte Farms out of its G3 Lancashire Oaks winner Rainbow Lake, Powerscourt's pedigree gained further pomp after his racing career was over when his half-sister Kind (Ire) (Danehill) produced the great Frankel (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and three-time Group 1 winner Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). Another half-sister, Riposte (GB) (Dansili {GB}), won a trio of Grade/Group 3s.

Powerscourt raced for Sue Magnier and finished second in the G1 Racing Post Trophy at two before taking the G2 Great Voltigeur S. at three and finishing third in the G1 Irish St Leger. He won the Tattersalls Gold Cup on his 4-year-old debut and was placed that season in the G1 Prince of Wales's S., G1 Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen, G1 Irish Champion S. and GI Breeders' Cup Turf. He wrapped up his career with a victory in the Arlington Million over American turf champion Kitten's Joy the following season at five.

Powerscourt entered stud at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, where he sired GI Turf Classic scorer Finnegans Wake and G1 Moyglare Stud S. victress Termagant. He also sired two Group 1 winners in South America from a stint shuttling to Chile. Powerscourt was sold to the Jockey Club of Turkey in 2010, and has sired 108 winners and three internationally-recognized stakes winners there. He has sired a total of 21 stakes winners.

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