Champion Darley sire Street Cry has been euthanized after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. He was aged 16.
Street Cry had been ruled out of the current southern hemisphere season at Darley Kelvinside where he was slated to cover a full book at $110,000 (inc gst). The ailment had left him severely lame on his right foreleg and unable to stand for long periods of time.
Street Cry has been a cornerstone of Sheikh Mohammed’s racing and breeding operations since a Group 1 triumph in the 2002 Dubai World Cup. He was retired to stand at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky in 2003 and has been a headline stallion with champions the calibre of Zenyatta and Street Sense.
The Irish-bred son of Machiavellian and Irish Oaks winner Helen Street made a similar impact in Australia siring G1 Caulfield Guineas winners in Long John and Whobegotyou and Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
In all, Street Cry has sired 15 Group 1 winners and almost 150 stakes performers worldwide. His legacy as a sire of sires is already well established with three of his sons siring Group 1 winners.
“Street Cry epitomised everything that Darley and Godolphin aim to achieve – he was bred by Sheikh Mohammed, excelled at the very highest level on the racecourse and then became the lynch-pin of our stallion operations in both America and Australia,” bloodstock agent John Ferguson said. “His contribution to the breed has been significant and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone.”