Grosvenor Award winning stallion Thorn Park, the sire of Cox Plate winner Ocean Park, has died at Windsor Park Stud after a long battle with a hoof infection.
The stud said the stallion had been laid to rest on Saturday morning after succumbing to a long-running and deep-seated infection in the navicular bone of his near hind foot.
“Over the past few months every effort has been made by veterinarians and staff to overcome the infection, which also gave rise to laminitis in his off hind foot,” a statement from Windsor Park said.
“While good progress had been made in the laminitic foot, unfortunately the infection in his near hind foot proved insurmountable.”
The son of Spinning World and Joy (by Bluebird) was withdrawn from stud service in September as he battled the infection.
On the racetrack, Thorn Park won $A1.5 million and nine of his 22 starts, including the 2004 Group One Stradbroke Handicap.
He commenced stud duties at Windsor Park in 2004 and had built an imposing record to date with just six crops of racing age.
He is the sire of 17 stakes winners including five individual Group One winners. Adjudged Champion New Zealand sire in 2010-11, he was both the Leading NZ sire (AEI) and leading NZ sire of three-year-olds in that season.
His five individual Group One winners include 2010 New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux who commenced his own stallion career at Rich Hill Stud in 2012, Norzita who won the 2012 Flights Stakes at Randwick, dual Easter Handicap winner Veyron and The Party Stand.
Other notable progeny include Ocean Park, Centennial Park, La Etoile, Te Akau Rose and Te Akau Coup.
This season has seen his progeny reach new heights, none more so than son Ocean Park, who completed a quartet of Group One wins in a row with victory in the Australasian Weight-For-Age championship, the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October.
Thorn Park currently leads the 2012/13 Centaine Award standings with 23 winners from 102 runners and $4.478m in earnings.
NZ Thoroughbred Marketing