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Mick GossThis game can be a helluva leveller. You come out of a weekend of such spectacular feats, and you think you’re on top of the world. But dealing in livestock can be a cruel business, and readers of these columns will know that Stronghold had just piloted his way through precarious waters.
Just as we began to believe he was well on his way to recovery, he was struck by a devastating colic. True to his name, he took his suffering manfully, but it wasn’t enough to save him when they opened him up to find an irreparable rupture.
Nobody really knows what a thing like this means to a farm like ours. He came to us as a champion, and as one of the best credentialed stallion prospects we’d had the privilege to work with. Without doubt, he stood out among the leading sons of Danehill on the African continent. We’re just fortunate that his precious genes have been left in two crops at Summerhill. That won’t repair the hole he’s left, but if you’re looking for consolations at times like this, that’s the only place you’ll find them.