Captain Sonador dies

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CAPTAIN SONADOR                         DIES
In a devastating blow to the Queensland breeding industry, Raheen Stud’s promising freshman sire,  Captain Sonador died in a freak paddock accident  today
The stallion had been let out of his box into his yard  as part of his normal routine when he reared and landed awkwardly, snapping his back leg.                             Unfortunately he had to be euthanased.
“We  are absolutely devastated to lose this sire before he could reach his potential,” said Raheen Stud Manager, Basil Nolan.
Captain Sonador (Shamardal – Pushing Daisies by Kenny’s  Best Pal) reached a career-high when, in 2010, he  became the first Queenslander to win the Group 1      AJC Epsom Handicap at Randwick since the legendary  ‘Goondiwindi Grey’ Gunsynd.
He  also won the Listed Goldmarket Handicap on the   Gold Coast and placed in the G2 Hobartville Stakes  and G1 Randwick Guineas.
Captain  Sonador was retired to Raheen Stud in 2011 and proved popular amongst breeders, serving more than  300 mares in the past three seasons.
His  first crop of yearlings attracted huge interest at  both the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast and the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney last monthfetching a top price of $75,000.
He will be represented by twenty three yearlings at  the Magic Millions QTIS Sale on the Gold Coast on                               March 17 and                     18.