Durandal succumbs to heart attack in Japan

Shadai Stallion Station director Teruya Yoshida learned his G1 winner Durandal had died during the JHRA Select Sales earlier this week.

The 14 year-old stallion succumbed to a heart attack in his stall at the Breeders Stallion Station in Hokkaido.

Durandal (Sunday Silence – Sawayaka Princess by Northern Taste) won the G1 Sprinters Stakes and the G1 Mile Championship in 2003 and he returned to claim the Mile Championship again in 2004.

Yoshida retired him to the Shadai Stallion Station where his best was G1 Japanese Oaks winner Erin Court and the G3 winners Jewel of Nile and Fragarach.  His progeny have earned more than US$2.60 million.

Durandal had three lots catalogued for the JHRA Select Yearling Sale on Monday with top price of US$112,750 being paid for the Shadai filly out of 1998 English Oaks winner Shahtoush (Alzao).