Cape Cross – Sire Of Champions Golden Horn, Ouija Board, And Sea The Stars – Dies At 23

by | 04.21.2017 | 8:11am
Golden Horn was among the many champions sired by Cape Cross

Godolphin and Darley are paying tribute to Cape Cross, a foundation sire of the global breeding operation, who has been euthanized due to complications associated with old age. He was 23.

Cape Cross (Green Desert x Park Appeal, by Ahonoora), a G1 winner in the Godolphin colors, was a phenomenal success at stud, siring champions such as Golden Horn, Sea The Stars and Ouija Board, and becoming only one of 17 stallions to have produced more than one Epsom Derby winner as well as becoming broodmare sire of a blue riband winner.

Joe Osborne, managing director of Godolphin, Ireland, where Cape Cross stood at Kildangan Stud in the northern hemisphere, said the stallion had been hugely influential, particularly in Darley's formative years when he became the flagship of the operation.

“He has been an integral part of the Godolphin and Darley stories, and an integral part of Kildangan,” Osborne said.

“He was our first major success as a stallion. He was champion first-season sire, making an immediate impact, and went on to sire a collection of outstanding racehorses, who left their mark in some of the world's great races.

“As an individual, he was the boss. You did it his way. He very much ruled the roost,” he added.

In 2000, Cape Cross started shuttling to the southern hemisphere, first to Sir Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, then to Kelvinside stud in Australia.

He was retired from stallion duties in 2016.

  • DeePet

    RIP, Cape Cross. I love, love, love Ouija Board and Sea The Stars.

  • Dancing Wind Farm

    Great race horse, sire, and broodmare sire! My first horse in the US was by Cape Cross (Privy Seal), my first broodmare also (Capeslew) and my current broodmare (Expensive Art) also by Cape Cross. I loved this horse very much..

  • SharedBelief1

    Very sad :( Cape Cross was very influential on European racing. I own a Cape Cross Mare and she just has a great disposition.

  • PointGivenTCL

    He was a truly exceptional sire who really stamped his foals. What a loss! Hopefully his two best sons can help carry the torch – Sea the Stars is already off to a good start, and Ouija Board has already produced Australia.

    • nucky thompson

      Although Ouija Board did produce Australia she is of course a mare. She won the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf twice amongst a string of G1 wins. RIP Cape Cross.

      • PointGivenTCL

        Yes, I am in fact aware of the sex of Ouija Board. I think you misunderstood my comment.

  • Ida Lee

    RIP Cape Cross….did not know you well but thank you so much for all those remarkable babies you gave the world…giving us just Sea the Stars would have been the achievement of a lifetime….

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