European Sire Charnwood Forest Dies

Leading European first and second crop sire Charnwood Forest (Ire) has died after fracturing a leg at Rathbarry Stud in Ireland on Sunday.

"We are very saddened by the loss of Charnwood Forest, who was destroyed after breaking his leg at exercise on Sunday," said Widden's Antony Thompson. "He was a lovely stallion, a magnificent individual with a fabulous temperament."

The nine-year-old stallion had 18 individual winners in 2000 and is among the leading second crop UK sires at present with representatives including Firebreak, who will start next in the Group III Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.

Raced by Godolphin, Charnwood Forest was rated co-champion miler of 1996.

Charnwood Forest was by top-ranked juvenile Warning and he was a half-brother to Group I winner Medaaly from the Sadler's Wells mare Dance Of Leaves, a daughter of Fall Aspen -- the dam of eight individual stakes winners and granddam of multiple Group I winner Dubai Millennium.