Group 1 winner and classic sire Cape Cross (Green Desert-Park Appeal has been put down at Darley’s Kildangan Stud at age 23 due to complications from old age. He was retired from stud duties last year.
On the track he won the Lockinge Stakes and Celebration Mile in the Godolphin colours but at stud he will be remembered for siring three outstanding horses, the two Derby winners Golden Horn, and Sea The Stars and the multiple Group 1 winner Ouija Board. Able One has also earned over a £1 million in Hong Kong.
“He has been an integral part of the Godolphin and Darley stories, and an integral part of Kildangan,” said Joe Osborne, managing director of Godolphin Ireland. “He was our first major success as a stallion. He was champion first-season sire, making an immediate impact, and went on to sire a collection of outstanding racehorses, who left their mark in some of the world’s great races. As an individual, he was the boss. You did it his way. He very much ruled the roost.”