Juddmonte Farms regrets to announce the passing of classic-winning filly and classic-producing broodmare Zenda at age 20 following a prolonged bout of laminitis.
Zenda put up some notable performances on the racetrack, the highlight being her win in the French Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas). However, it's her achievements as a broodmare which will keep her name alive for years to come.
When her son Kingman won the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Zenda became the first Juddmonte homebred classic-winning filly to produce a classic winner – and his tally of four Group 1 victories earned him the titles of champion 3-year-old miler in Europe and joint champion 3-year-old colt in Europe.
Kingman has made a tremendous start at stud through the exploits of Persian King, Calyx and Nausha, to name but a few – but he is not Zenda's only stallion son, as her G3 Tercentenary Stakes winner Remote is at stud in South America.
Zenda has three daughters in the Juddmonte broodmare band to carry on her influence – Multilingual, Panzanella and Present Tense, while on the track she is currently represented by the Frankel 4-year-old First Eleven, who very aptly won at York the other day. She also has a 3-year-old colt by Frankel called Delphian, a 2-year-old Dubawi colt called Sunray Major, and her last foal is a Frankel yearling colt.
Zenda's sire Zamindar and dam Hope were both homebred by Juddmonte.
Juddmonte's U.K. stud director Simon Mockridge commented: “She was a very special mare, kind and a delight to be around – she will be greatly missed by all the team at Juddmonte.”
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