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Red Ransom

(Photo : Vinery Stud)


Leading sire Red Ransom has been put down following complications arising from abdominal surgery in Australia on the weekend. He was 22 years old.

“A horse of great character, he will be sadly missed by the partners and staff of Vinery,” said Vinery representatives.

The son of Roberto had a brief racing career for Paul Mellon, setting a track record on his two-year-old debut but was retired due to injury after two more starts. He was a leading first crop sire in the US, with five juvenile Stakes winners, and his first crop son Sri Pekan won three Group races at two in Britain in 1994.

On Mellon’s death, Red Ransom was bought by a syndicate which enabled him to remain at Vinery in Kentucky, as well as shuttling to their Australian base, though he moved to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket in the spring of 2004.

Red Ransom has sired 13 Gr1 winners, among them the ill-fated Electrocutionist, Oaks heroine Casual Look and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Sting, while his Gr1-winning stallion sons include Red Clubs, Shadwell’s Ekraar, German Horse of the Year Ransom O’War, and Australia’s Charge Forward and Red Dazzler, while his Gr2 winner Intikhab stands in Ireland.

Red Ransom did not return to Dalham Hall this spring, remaining at Vinery in Australia, where 2009 has brought Gr1 successes for his progeny All American, Duporth, Onemorenomore and Typhoon Tracy.