Sad Passing of Coolmore Favourite

20 year-old Piccadilly Circus, best known as the dam of champion sire Fastnet Rock, has passed away at Coolmore leaving one final foal to continue her considerable legacy. Coolmore Tweeted – Piccadilly Circus, dam of Fastnet Rock. Rest in Peace – what an amazing mare! #champion #gonebutneverforgotten Bought by James Bester Bloodstock at the 1997 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the Arrowfield draft for $180,000, Piccadilly Circus was from the very first crop of highly rated shuttle sire Royal Academy (USA), who would go on to sire 167 stakes-winners worldwide. Racing in the Coolmore navy blue, Piccadilly Circus became the first Australian winner and first Australian stakes-winner for her sire when she captured the Listed VATC Debutante Stakes on debut. Trained by Lee Freedman throughout her career, she claimed further Black Type success in the Group III VATC Blue Diamond Prelude and was also third in the Group I VATC Blue Diamond Stakes. Retired to stud in 1999, Piccadilly Circus (pictured left) produced four consecutive foals by Danehill (USA) and among them was Fastnet Rock (pictured above). piccadillycircus_400 A dual Group I winner, who is now a globally recognized champion sire, Fastnet Rock was famously retained to race by Coolmore after passing in at Inglis Easter. Piccadilly Circus subsequently encountered serious physical issues in her stud career and has produced only a small number of foals in recent times. She has an unnamed two year-old filly by Champion Two Year Old and US sire sensation Uncle Mo (USA) that has been retained by Coolmore and sent to Lee Freedman, while her last foal born yesterday is a colt by War Front’s dual Group I winning son Declaration of War (USA). Of her six named foals, all of them were able to win and while Fastnet Rock is the obvious standout, one of her lesser known offspring, Juggling Act (by Giant’s Causeway(USA), was the Champion Imported Horse of The Philippines of 2011 winning an impressive 28 races! News from Breednet
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