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Super Sire Southern Halo Dies Aged 26 In Argentina
Leading Argentine stallion Southern Halo (sire of 167 stakes-winners, including 57 Gr1-winners) died at Haras la Quebrada aged 26, reported racingpost.com. Southern Halo (Halo-Northern Sea, by Northern Dancer) was pensioned prior to this year's southern hemisphere breeding season. However “such was his early impact in Argentina (where he sired champions including Horse-Of-The-Year Team, El Compinche & Miss Linda, who also won the US Gr1 Spinster Stakes) that he shuttled to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky for 7 seasons from 1996 (initially standing at a fee of US$15,000). It proved to be a successful move, as within his 1st Kentucky crop sprung the Gr1 King's Bishop Stakes winner More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman), himself now a successful sire in both hemispheres (shuttling to Vinery Australia) & Peter Chapple-Hyam's Princess Margaret Stakes heroine Saintly Speech (Southern Halo-Eloquent Minister, by Deputy Minister). Consequently his fee hit a high of US$40,000 in 2001.” Southern Halo (who also sired the Canadian champion 2YO colt Edenwold) was the leading sire in Argentina from 1994-2000 & again in both 2004 & 2007. He currently heads the broodmare sires' list, which he also topped from 2004-2008. As well as More Than Ready (who has sired Australia’s last 2 Gr1 Golden Slipper winners Sebring & Phelan Ready), Southern Halo's representatives at stud include El Compinche (sire of Argentine Gr1-winner Medal Of Honor) & young Vinery Australia sire Dubleo (Southern Halo-Secret Red, by Secretariat). Overall his daughters have bred 7 champions & 110 stakes-winners. On the track himself, Southern Halo (bred by E.P.Taylor & purchased for US$600,000 as a yearling & raced by the Niarchos family) won 5 of 24 starts (plus 2nd in both the US Gr1 Swaps Stakes & Gr1 Super Derby).