Unfuwain, a French champion and English group II winner whose major winners at stud included Alhaarth, Petrushka, and 2001 star Lailani, died Jan. 16 as a result of a neurological condition that developed at the end of the previous week. The 17-year-old stallion had been scheduled to cover a full book of mares at Nunnery Stud, which is a division of Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.
Unfuwain (Northern Dancer -- Height of Fashion, by Bustino) raced as a homebred for Sheikh Hamdan, winning six of 10 races and earning $489,367. Four of his five stakes wins came in group events, and he also placed in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I), In his sole start in France, he ran fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and was the nation's highest-weighted 3-year-old male at 11 to 14 furlongs.
Unfuwain entered stud at Nunnery in 1990 alongside his classic-winning half-brother Nashwan. Alhaarth, a member of Unfuwain's early crops, was England's champion 2-year-old male of 1995 when unbeaten in five starts and a champion in Ireland at four. Petrushka, who was a group I winner in England, Ireland, and France, was champion in the first two countries. Lailani was a group I winner in England and Ireland last year before coming over to the U.S. to win the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) in the fall.
Unfuwain's other top performers include Bolas, Lahan, and Zahrat Dubai, both of whom were group I winners.