Richardson hails Pivotal after star stallion dies at 28
Cheveley Park Stud announced the passing of Pivot at the age of 28.
Raised and ridden by Cheveley Park, Polar Falcon’s son was a sprint champion at the time of his races and had been the stud’s standard bearer since his retirement in 1997. Pivotal sired 32 individual Group 1 winners.
This year’s Coral-Eclipse was won by St. Mark’s Basilica – a grandson of Pivotal – with the main son of the stallion Addeybb finishing second
Under the care of Sir Mark Prescott, he broke the all-ages track record at Folkestone as a youngster and was crowned sprint champion at the age of three in 1996, winning the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes in York, after his victory in the King’s Stand Stakes (then a group two) at Royal Ascot.
Although his track career lasted only six races – raced in all but one by George Duffield – he went on to become one of Europe’s top sprinters although his biggest influence was as a father. He initially ordered a stud fee of just £ 6,000.
Pivotal passed away peacefully in his paddock and Chris Richardson, General Manager of Cheveley Park, paid him a heartfelt tribute.
“It hasn’t been a great day,” he said. “Pivotal was an icon in his own world and a dear friend who gave David and Patricia Thompson and all of us at Cheveley Park Stud a lot of fun.
“From birth he was always a little superstar and we were very lucky to have him.
“Win the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, go to York and win the Nunthorpe, then retire and do what he did, to have so many Group 1 winners – it’s really amazing.”
Pivotal immediately proved popular with commercial breeders and soon spawned their first UK Group 1 winner at Kyllachy, who emulated his father in Nunthorpe before also retiring to Cheveley Park.
Such was his commercial success, Pivotal was a British-based first-season stallion who proved his versatility, despite having an offspring tag who preferred easier terrain.
Richardson added, “He had this nickname of producing offspring that liked loose soil, and some of his early offspring liked a little bit of yielding in the soil. Then we had people like Golden Apples (2002 Eclipse Award winner), who won the Del Mar Oaks in their first crop. He was quite versatile.
“Sir Mark put it on the map. He broke the all-ages track record at Folkestone and gave the Thompsons their first Group 1 win under their Cheveley Park colors which was obviously very special to have a colt bred at home.
“He’s had a fantastic life, but it’s a sad day. They are all friends. It’s hard for everyone here. Stallion trainer John Rice took care of him all these years, day and night, and slept next to him. So it’s very difficult for everyone here. It’s like seeing someone for 20 years every day – they become very close friends. “
Pivotal has spawned classic winners such as Sariska, Halfway To Heaven, Falco, Buzzword and Saoire, as well as Dubai World Cup winner African Story and Qipco Champion Stakes hero Addeybb, and Richardson hopes his legacy will continue. for many years.
Crowned European Broodmare Champion from 2017 to 2019, his daughters have produced 26 individual Group 1 winners to date, including the back-to-back winner of the Champion Stakes Cracksman and most recently Tenebrism in this season’s Cheveley Park Stakes.
He has also made an impact as a sire of bulls, with seven of his sons having sired seven Group One winners, most notably Siyouni, who has already produced several Group One winners in St. Mark’s Basilica and winner of the Prix de l’Arc. by Triomphe Sottsass.
Richardson added: “Out of his last generation of foals we have two fillies and one foal, and out of the last generation of 30 mares he has covered in 2020 he has had 15 full.
“There are around ten foals born this year, whom we are impatiently awaiting to see perform. We are fortunate that around 75 percent of our brood mares have a Pivotal influence. “
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