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Align Passes Away At 19

Friday, 24th June 2016

Highview Stud stallion Align (Night Shift-Super Trend, by Red Anchor) was humanly euthanised yesterday following a battle with severe arthritis and a laminitic condition, reports NZ Racing Desk. He was 19. Trained by John Hawkes, Align was the champion two-year-old colt and head of the two-year-old classification for the 1998-1999 season in Australia where he won the Gr1 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and finished runner-up in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. "He was buried with pride and honour on the farm alongside his old mate Kashani," Highview's managing director Brent Gillovic said. "He was an absolute gem of a horse to have on the farm, a gentleman to do anything with and it is with a very heavy heart that we bid him farewell." Gillovic added: "He was always a showy fellow, he was famous for his vertical rears at stallion parades and it seemed that every season from limited opportunities he would always produce at least one or two above average performers." The son of Night Shift took up residence at Highview in 2001 and sired ten stakes winners, including champion 2YOs Fully Fledged and Nightlign and from just over 300 runners he produced 185 individual winners. "One can only ponder what may have been," Gillovic said. "In his first crop he all but had two classic winning fillies in Everswindell, who was beaten a neck by Seachange in the 1000 Guineas and Out Of Align, who was beaten a neck by Legs in the Oaks." He added: "If they had won who knows where he may have finished up as a sire as his second and third crops produced Nightlign and Fully Fledged." Align's progeny found favour in Asia, particularly in Singapore where he has been among the leading sires over the last decade. His best performed progeny in Singapore include Huka Falls, the winner of over $1 million and who will attempt to claim the 17th win of his career at Kranji on Friday night, and Group Three winner Best Tothelign, an eight race winner, who runs on Sunday night. "I'm sure he'll leave a lasting legacy for a while yet," Gillovic said. "His last stakes winner in Australia was just the other day when Pajaro won the Scone Cup and he has since placed in stakes company in Brisbane."

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