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Champion Australian mare dies during foaling

Typhoon Tracy

Typhoon Tracy

Champion thoroughbred race mare Typhoon Tracy, the 2010 Australian Horse of the Year, died yesterday, shortly after giving birth to a foal.

Seven-year-old Typhoon Tracy, a former stablemate of Black Caviar, collapsed shortly after producing a colt by Street Cry.

Typhoon Tracy had dominated the 2009-10 racing season in Australia, and finished her career with 11 wins from 20 starts. She was a Group One winner six times, and won stakes of $A22.4 million.

She had been healthy and there had been no forewarning signs leading up to the birth at Vinery Stud, near Scone, in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.

Vinery Stud general manager Peter Orton said Tracy quietly passed away shortly after producing her healthy colt.

“The family has been with us for a long time and this is an extremely sad morning,” he said soon after the death.

“Tracy passed away quietly following a straightforward foaling from a suspected ruptured broad ligament.

“Typhoon Tracy’s dam, Tracy’s Element, now 22 years of age, was born and reared here and has been an integral part of the farm for years. This is an extremely sad morning for the Hutchin’s family and the stud.”

The newborn colt is doing well, he said.

Trainer Peter Moody described her as a wonderfaul mare to handle. She was retired from the track following her victory in the Group One 2011 Orr Stakes.

The mare was crowned 2009-2010 Australian Racehorse of the Year following a string of wins in high-profile races.

Moody told media: “It’s a real loss and it’s such a big hole to fill. She was not only a champion racemare, but it’s an unbelievable pedigree that’s going to be missing.”

Her career began with five straight race wins, and she repeated the feat as a four-year-old.

 

 

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