Death of Aqlaam rocks Shadwell

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estates lost its second leading stallion in the space of a fortnight when Aqlaam died on Saturday.

Aqlaam (Oasis Dream – Bourbonella by Rainbow Quest) failed to respond to treatment for a stomach infection.  “It’s an enormous blow to everyone involved with Aqlaam,” Shadwell director Richard Lancaster said.  “He was establishing himself as an exciting young stallion.”

Aqlaam was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp and has sired 6 first-crop winners in Europe this year.  He stood at Shadwell’s Nunnery Stud in Norfolk for a 7,000 pounds service fee.

Champion sprinter Dayjur was put down at Shadwell’s Kentucky base late last month.  The son of Danzig was 26.

Dayjur won the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup, G1 Nunthorpe Stakes and G1 Prix de l’Abbaye under the guidance of trainer Dick Hern.  He sired 30 stakes winners in a long career at stud headed by G1 Middle Park Stakes winner Hayil.