Cornerstone Stud has announced 1993 Caulfield Cup winner Fraar has died aged 24.
Fraar (USA) was pensioned from stud duties in 2010 and had been in good health before collapsing in his paddock at the Angaston stud on Friday.
He retired to Cornerstone in 1994, when it was known as Lindsay Park, and covered 16 books with the busiest season coming in 1999 when he served 103 mares.
That large book was in response to his first-crop filly Nina Haraka winning the 1999 G3 Adelaide Guineas, LR Nitschke Stakes and LR Port Adelaide Guineas. An eye-catching chestnut with a big white blaze, she was raced by Ted Cockram’s Group 1 Racing Club.
Nina Haraka is one of 7 stakes winners by Fraar and among the others were the Tony Rosolini trained “bruise-brothers” Prince Benbara and Classic Benbara.
Prince Benbara won 14 races in 78 starts including Listed victories at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley before turning to a successful hurdling career. Classic Benbara was even tougher winning 18 races in 130 starts topped by the LR Werribee Cup and the Ian Macdonald Steeple at Moonee Valley.
Fraar was a homebred for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estates. By Northern Dancer’s Aqueduct stakes winner Topsider, he won on debut at the 1990 Royal Ascot meeting before arriving in Australia two years later.
Trained by David Hayes, he won the G3 Coongy Hcp, LR Eclipse Stakes and LR Chester Manifold Stakes prior to an upset $31 victory in the G1 Caulfield Cup under Peter Hutchinson.
Fraar has sired 252 winners of 954 races at a 64% strike-rate. His daughters have foaled 4 stakes winners headed by millionaire filly Snitzerland who starts first-up in the G3 Challenge Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
– Karl Patterson