Cambridge Group One winner dies

Atlante and Opie Bosson providing a a memorable win for Cambridge in the 2000 Guineas. (Photo: Trish Dunell).

Atlante and Opie Bosson providing the Cambridge centre with a memorable win  in the 2013 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. (Photo: Trish Dunell).

Mapperley Stud is reeling at the shock death of their highly credentialed young stallion Atlante, a Group One winner for Cambridge.

Studmaster Simms Davison said he had been left devastated by the freak accident that claimed the life of the Fastnet Rock stallion yesterday afternoon.

“He was outside his box when he reared up and slipped over and whacked his head when he came down. He just lost his balance and that was it,” said Davison.

“For a young studmaster, it’s a bitter pill to swallow – there’s a lot of sweat and tears goes into these horses. I’m just gutted.”

Atlante retired to the Matamata farm in 2015 and Davison said the feedback on his first crop of foals had been hugely encouraging.

“He’s been leaving some great types, it’s just heart-breaking,” he said.

A son of the Group-performed More Than Ready mare Readyforcatherine, Atlante began his career with Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and at his fourth start he won the Listed Canterbury Stakes before adding the Gr. 1 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

At the start of his Sydney autumn campaign Atlante was placed in the Gr. 2 Hobartville Stakes before joining John, Michael and Wayne Hawke’s stable.

As a spring four-year-old he won the Listed Chandler Macleod Stakes at Moonee Valley and returned to Baker and Forsman for one more appearance before his retirement to Mapperley Stud.

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