Bitter Blow For Shadwell After Death Of Promising Stallion Eqtidaar

Shadwell Stud have been dealt a bitter blow with the news that Commonwealth Cup winner and young stallion Eqtidaar (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) has died. 

A high-class sprinter for Sir Michael Stoute, Eqtidaar won the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in 2018. 

The eight-year-old had achieved his greatest result in the sales ring on Tuesday when a filly consigned by Danny O’Donovan sold for £120,000 at the Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale to Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of Kia Joorabchian’s Amo Racing operation. 

A statement published by the stud on Wednesday read, “Shadwell are very sorry to have to announce that Eqtidaar, our Group 1 Commonwealth Cup winner and promising young sire, has been put down upon veterinary advice following complications from a recent health condition.

“In addition to his impressive performance at Royal Ascot, the homebred son of Invincible Spirit was also a winner on debut at two years with other strong performances in Stakes company.

“This extremely sad news comes as his first two-year-olds hit the racecourse in 2023; meanwhile, yesterday his filly out of L’Ile Aux Loups sold for £120,000 to Peter & Ross Doyle at the Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale. Shadwell would like to thank the many breeders who supported Eqtidaar during his all too brief stallion career. He will be sorely missed by all those who worked with him.”

Eqtidaar has had just two runners hit the track, including Mistress Teite (GB), who showed distinct promise when running on late to grab third on debut at Redcar for trainer Adam West. His yearlings sold for an average of just over 16,000 last year and he had been standing for £5,000 at Nunnery Stud.

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