Highview Stud sire Kashani was put down on Tuesday morning after losing a short battle with laminitis. The USA bred stallion was 23.
Kashani (Danzig) was pensioned from stud duties in New Zealand last year. His death comes just a few months after Final Touch registered his first Group 1 success in the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham.
Final Touch went on to record two other Group 1 victories this season in the Telegraph Handicap at Trentham in January and the Waikato Draught Sprint at Te Rapa in February.
“He was a terrific stallion for Highview for such a long period of time,” managing director Brent Gillovic said. “It is very sad day and it’s hard not to shed a few tears. He was with us when we set up the new farm and has made a major contribution to the stud.”
Kashani (Danzig – Kashan by Damascus) was bred by Claiborne Farm and was a $625,000 yearling in Kentucky. He was raced by Juddmonte Farms owner Khalid Abdullah in a career restricted to four starts. A winner on debut at Maisons-Laffitte as a late season juvenile, he added the Listed Prix du Cercle as a summer three year-old at Deauville.
Kashani has sired 270 individual winners of 870 races worldwide at a strike rate of 67%.