Dual Derby winner High Chaparral has died at the age of 15.
The six-time Group 1 winning son of Sadler’s Wells was put down at Fethard Equine Hospital during exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine.
Winner of 10 races from 13 starts, High Chaparral was a Group 1 winner at two, three, and four years of age. He completed the Epsom-Curragh Derby double in 2002 and landed the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Arlington Park in 2002 and again the following year at Santa Anita before retiring to stud.
Successful in both hemispheres, High Chaparral’s most notable offspring include the top-class ten-time Group 1 winner So You Think, Toronado, It’s A Dundeel, Shoot Out and Descarado. Other stars of his stud career included Wigmore Hall, Redwood, Western Hymn, High Jinx and Free Eagle.