Passing of Woodborough

Woodborough (USA) the resident sire at Mike McHardy’s Rathmor Stud died last weekend. An eye-catching chestnut stallion – very typical of a sprinter, he was the first stallion to stand at Rathmor Stud.

The only son of Woodman to stand in South Africa, he was out of Gr1 placed Performing Arts by The Minstrel(CAN). Woodman has produced the likes of Hansel, Timber Country, Hector Protector and Bosra Sham.

Racing in England, Ireland and France, he was voted the Joint highest rated 2yo in Ireland in 1995, and a Timeform Rating of 112 at 3.

A winner of the Gr3 Anglesey Stakes over 1250m, he also placed second in two Gr1’s (the Phoenix and Middle Park Stakes) and a third in the Gr1 Prix de Salamandre, and the Gr2 Temple Stakes.

Woodborough began his stud career in New Zealand, and in 1997 was Champion First Season sire in 2001/2002. He went to stud in Ireland in 1998 and became Leading first and Leading second crop sire in the UK in 2001/2002. He was sent to stud in South Africa in 2003.

He produced Gr1/2/3 winner Egyptian Ra – a winner in Hong Kong and New Zealand, as well as Gr1 winner Donna Rosita, and Gr3 winners Bank Note(NZ), Multiple Choice(USA) and Yomalo(IRE) along with seven other Bold Black Type winners.

His success in South Africa included Thandolwami – Gr3 winner of the Champion Challenge, runner up in the Gr2 November Handicap, Gr3 Kings Cup twice, and Godolphin Barb Stakes – and Wood Be Magic, Gr3 Christmas Handicap winner.

His other Black Type successes include Diego, Execute, Aim High and more recently In Extreme who finished a close second in the Dahlia Listed as well as Be Assured who won the Hampton Handicap Listed at the Vaal. – extract KZN Breeders

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