Champion New Zealand sire Thorn Park was put down on Saturday morning. Windsor Park Stud announced its 13 year-old stallion had finally succumbed to an infection in the navicular bone of his near-hind foot.
Thorn Park sustained a punctured sole to the foot earlier this season which resulted in secondary issues including laminitis in his off-hind foot. “Over the past few months, every effort has been made by veterinarians and staff,” Windsor Park said in a statement. “While good progress had been made, unfortunately the infection proved insurmountable.”
Thorn Park (Spinning World) captured the NZ sires’ premiership in 2010-11 when his headline act was Champion 3YO Jimmy Choux.
His current star Ocean Park was the weight-for-age king of Melbourne’s spring carnival after winning the G1 Makfi Challenge at Hastings on September. He crossed the Tasman to claim the G1 Underwood Stakes, G1 Underwood Stakes, G1 Caulfield Stakes and G1 W S Cox Plate.
Thorn Park filly Norzita also saluted in October’s G1 Flight Stakes at Randwick for Bart Cummings and Dato Tan Chin Nam.
Windsor Park secured Thorn Park for stud after his G1 victory in the 2004 QTC Stradbroke Handicap.