AUSTRALIA’S breeding industry has been left poorer with the sudden death of potent sire Hurrikane Kingcole.
Egmont Park’s manager Peter Bell discovered the stallion dead in his paddock this morning.
An autopsy has been performed on Hurrikane Kingcole to discover a cause of death.
Stud owners Kevin and Kay Seymour broke the devastating news this afternoon.
“It is with extreme sadness Kevin and Kay Seymour along with Peter and Leean Bell from Egmont Park Stud advise their potential star stallion, Hurrikane Kingcole, was found dead in his paddock this morning,” Seymour noted in a press release.
“The cause of death is currently unknown and an autopsy will be carried out this morning.
“Hurrikane Kingcole was a stallion with enormous potential and not only was his first season stock doing extremely well in Australia, but his progeny in the USA were setting the tracks on fire with horses like Hurrikane Empress, Hurrikane Emperor winning all before them.
“It is also sad loss for Egmont Park as his bookings this season were very heavy and we are sure broodmare owners when they hear the news will be extremely disappointed.
“So far he has been very well patronized in Australia with owners having high expectations for his progeny.
“It is the most disappointing occurrences in my 50 years of breeding.”
Boasting a best mark of 1:47.6, Hurrikane Kingcole is credited with the fastest mile at Mohawk at 1:46.2 – after missing the race start!
“Given the feats of his early progeny, Hurrikane Kingcole was destined to have a busy stud season,” Bell said. “We are devastated by the loss.
“His stock show so much potential and he had the capacity to be among the leading stallions.”