Coolmore Stud sire Zoffany (Dansili) died at the age of 13 after succumbing to liver failure the operation announced on Friday.
“Zoffany was a great servant and he’ll be a big loss,” said Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin.
Bred by Croom House Stud and trained by Aidan O’Brien, the son of Dansili (Danehill) won the Phoenix Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) as a juvenile and ran a career best when runner-up to unbeaten champion Frankel (Galileo), beaten just three quarters of a length, in the St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Royal Ascot. He retired in 2011 the winner of five of his 13 starts, which saw him pocket £330,755 in career prize-money.
Zoffany was a success in the breeding barn, siring 38 stakes winners to date, headed by three elite level winners Thunder Moon, Albinga and Ventura Storm, who also landed the 2018 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (Gr 2, 2500m) and he is one of four stakes winners in Australia for the stallion.
His death comes after a lucrative year for the stallion in 2020, having sired six stakes winners, including Al Galayel, who landed the JRA Cup (Gr 3, 2040m) in last September.