Sire Grand Lodge put down after injury

Leading sire Grand Lodge has been put down following a fight to repair a knee injury.

Leading sire Grand Lodge has been put down following a fight to repair a knee injury.

The 12-year-old, who won the 1993 Dewhurst Stakes and the 1994 St James’s Palace Stakes, suffered the injury in a paddock accident at Woodlands Stud in Australia in September.

Grand Lodge’s death was announced on Christmas Eve and stud manager Trevor Lobb told the Racing Post: “It’s a very sad day, he was very much a part of Woodlands.”

The son of Chief’s Crown, who was owned in partnership by Woodlands, Coolmore Stud and Plantation Stud, had stood in both hemispheres since the mid-1990s

His notable winners as a sire have included dual Derby winner Sinndar, multiple Group One winner Grandera and top filly Queen’s Logic while he was also responsible for top Australian runners Shogun Lodge, Freemason and Lovelorn.

William Jarvis trained Grand Lodge during his racing days and he was quick to pay tribute.

He said: “He was a wonderfully tough racehorse, extremely talented and an absolute joy to train.”

Grand Lodge raced in the colours of Lord Howard de Walden and Plantation Stud manager Leslie Harrison added: “Grand Lodge was a very tough and talented racehorse who gave us an enormous amount of pleasure and was arguably one of the very best Lord Howard bred.

“Until the last few weeks we were fairly confident that he had been saved, but then what would have been his good foot, his off-fore, gave way to laminitis and we came to the point where there was no option but to have him humanely euthanised. It is all very sad.”

Grand Lodge has been buried at Woodlands Stud.

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