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Former Shuttler Val Royal Dies In Brazil
In South America, 12-year-old Irish National Stud stallion & former US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile-winning Eliza Park shuttler Val Royal (Royal Academy-Vadlava, by Bikala) died "from a suspected internal hemorraghe" at Haras Basano in Sao Paulo in Brazil, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Val Royal "had shuttled to Brazil for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season under a lease agreement", after standing the 2008 Northern Hemisphere season at the National Stud in Ireland. Previously based at Oak Lodge Stud in Ireland & La Mission in Argentina, Val Royal has sired 71 winners from 160 starters in 4 crops of racing age (including both English & Irish classic winner Cockney Rebel plus Gr2-winner Valbenny from his 1st crop). On the track, Val Royal (bred in France by Jean-Luc Lagardere) won 7 of his 12 starts & earned US$1,186,687; his winning time in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile (1min 32.05sec) was the fastest in the history of the race & he also won both the 1999 Gr2 Del Mar Derby & 2001 Gr2 Oak Tree Mile Stakes.