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Australian 'Blue Hen' Euthanased
Arrowfield Stud has reported the passing this week of regally bred broodmare Urge To Merge (Last Tycoon-Princess Tracy, by Ahonoora) due to laminitis. The 19-year-old mare holds the joint record (with Alinghi's dam Oceanfast) of having produced two $2 million plus yearlings while also holding the honour with Diamond Lover of producing a Gr1 winner from this rarefied price bracket. A full-sister to blue hen Tracy's Element (dam of recently deceased Typhoon Tracy who also died recently while foaling), Urge to Merge produced two individual Gr1 winners in Gr1 Champion Stakes (South Africa) victor Suntagonal (by Octagonal) & Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes winning colt Master of Design (by Redoute's Choice). Quite remarkably, the 6 yearlings to sell out of Urge To Merge following Suntagonal grossed $4,795,000 ($799,166 average). A $2.1 million yearling, Master of Design commenced his stud career this season at Victoria's Swettenham Stud.