The latest National Horseracing Authority of South Africa calendar reports the death of Lateral.
Maine Chance Farms’ stallion, who had been standing at the Southford Stud the past few seasons, suffered a broken leg and was put down. The son of Singspiel was 14 years old at the time of his passing.
Lateral was a top-class racehorse, who was named Champion 2YO Colt in Italy in 2005 and Champion 3YO Miler in Germany a year later. He won six of just ten outings, with his career highlighted by a victory, over subsequent Italian Oaks winner Dionisia and successful sire Lord Of England in the 2005 Gr1 Gran Criterium.
Lateral also won the Gr2 Grosse Europa-Meile, Gr3 Oppenheim Pramerica Meile, and the Gr3 Hamburger Meile.
He made an instant impression with his first South African crop, leading the first crop sire standing (by prize money) of 2013-2014.
Lateral’s very first runners included Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Bilateral and Gr2 Dingaans/Gr2 Colorado King Stakes winner Unparalleled. The latter earned just a tick under R1 000 000 during his brief racing career, while Bilateral accounted for such notable Gr1 winners as Alboran Sea, Pine Princess, and Carry On Alice when victorious in the 2014 Golden Slipper.
Another smart performer hailing from Lateral’s first crop was dual Gr2 Peninsula Handicap runner up Milton, who has won or placed in 26 races to date, while the sire is also responsible for the Gr1 filly Sapsan-who was third to Chestnuts N Pearls in the 2015 Gr1 Golden Slipper at Greyville.
One of 14 G1 winners sired by champion Singspiel, Lateral was one of six winners produced by the stakes winning Aragon mare Ligona and he hailed from the same family as German champion Literat -sire of the great stallion Surumu.