Ishiguru, an 11-year-old son of Danzig who was shuttling between England and New Zealand, was euthanized Sept. 18 following complications from a knee injury suffered earlier this year.
“Veterinary treatment to the knee injury he suffered earlier in the year had been successful, and while he was unable to travel to New Zealand this summer, we were confident he would be ready for the British covering season,” said Tweenhills Stud director David Redvers. “Sadly it appears he damaged the knee again, probably when rolling in his box, and on veterinary advice we had to accept the inevitable.”
The stallion had been shuttling between Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire, England, and Chequers Stud in Cambridge, New Zealand.
Bred in Kentucky by Brushwood Stable, Ishiguru raced for Brushwood owner Betty Moran in partnership with Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor. He won three of nine starts for trainer Aiden O’Brien including the Miller Flying Five Stakes (Ire-III) and Belgrave Stakes. He entered stud in 2003.
To date, Ishiguru is the sire of three group winners including Hellvelyn, who won the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II), and Geeza, who this year in New Zealand won the group III Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes. In the United States, his son Ferneley won the recent Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) and is one of 10 entered in the Woodbine Mile (Can-I) Sept. 20.
This year, Ishiguru stood in England for 3,500 pounds.
Out of multiple grade I winner Strategic Maneuver, by Cryptoclearance, Ishiguru is a half-brother to grade II winner Cat Fighter.