Caulfield Guineas Winner Palace Reign Passes Away

Media Release - Monday October 26

Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Palace Reign has died at Alwyn Park Stud in WA aged 31.

“He was his usual self yesterday but had passed away when I checked his paddock this morning,” Alwyn Park owner John Andrew said on Monday. 

“It’s a sad day but he did have a great innings.”

RIP Palace Reign

Palace Reign will be laid to rest alongside Trade Fair (GB) at the Serpentine stud which he called home for almost all his life. 

“He was born at Fairfields Stud and came here as a foal at foot,” Andrew recalled.  “He was beautifully-bred by champion sire Beau Sovereign and his dam Brechin Castle won a stack of races including the Champion Fillies and WA Oaks.


“I took him to the 1991 Perth Yearling Sale and there was a $55,000 reserve on him.  The bidding stopped $5,000 short and the managing owner Mike Scaffidi told me to bring the colt back home.

“I broke him in and sent him to Len Morton for his first prep at Ascot.  The Karrakatta was a Group 1 run before Christmas back then and he finished third despite being shin-sore.

“Mike and the other part-owners - Bill Moffitt and Lou Ligovich - transferred him to Lindsay Park and he won the 1992 Caulfield Guineas on heavy track.  David Hayes was bullish about his chances in that year’s Cox Plate but he went down in a three-horse fall with Naturalism and Sydeston.

“He came out of it with bone chips but recovered and won a Memsie Stakes and Feehan Stakes the following year.”

Hayes gave Palace Reign a ringing endorsement when he bowed out with a placing in the JRA Trophy at Moonee Valley.  “He showed the same fighting qualities as Better Loosen Up and I’m sure his race record would have been similar without that injury.”

Andrew had always vowed not to stand a stallion but he made an exception with Palace Reign.  “He ended up siring his fair share of winners without ever being a leading commercial stallion.  His best was Finito who won a Bunbury Cup and Strickland Stakes for Ian Duncan.

“I was still using him as a teaser until recently and he was loved by everyone here.  He was quite a character and it’s funny that he won a Caulfield Guineas on a bog track.  He would always walk around a puddle here instead of getting his feet wet!

“And he would whinny every morning to let us know he was still around.  We will miss him.”

News from Alwyn Park

Stallion Parade
More Reading...
More Stake Success for American Pharoah Colt
A Saratoga Grade III winner for American Pharoah earlier in the year, Turned Aside added a second stakes win to his record in the $100,000 Listed Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship Stakes on Saturday.
More Success for Zed - Hardy Kiwi Wins Jericho
Grangewilliam Stud stallion Zed is having a spring to remember and as we venture into summer the juggernaut continued as his six-year-old son Count Zero raced away with the A$300,000 Haymes Paint Jericho Cup (4600m) at Warrnambool for local trainer Symon Wilde.
G1 Success for Aussie Breeder
Australian breeder Bob Scarborough has a small band of mares based in Ireland and one of them, 13YO Galileo mare Cabaret, produced the winner of the Group I Dewhurst Stakes (7f) at Newmarket overnight.
74th SW for Not a Single Doubt
Setting the pace on the Australian General Sires List by earnings, Not a Single Doubt added a new stakes-winner  to his tally on Saturday and Niedorp has a half-sister headed to the 2021 Magic Millions.
Last Tycoon Legacy Lives On
Outside of Danehill (USA), only two shuttle stallions have ever taken the title of Champion Australian Sire by earnings, one of them is Street Cry (IRE) and the other is Last Tycoon (IRE).
Accessible and Affordable
The business of making champion stallions is a lucrative one and Australia is undoubtedly the best place in the world to find bang for buck in terms of sourcing quality colts that are the raw material from which countless millions are made.
Thoroughbred Sport Horse Classes at Stonewall
Hot weather did not dampen enthusiasm for the latest round of Thoroughbred Sport Horse Classes held at the Stonewall Showjumping last weekend on the Central Coast.
Impressive HK Debut for Former Aussie Chenier
Medaglia D’Oro (USA) already has the best horse in Hong Kong on current form in Aussie bred Golden Sixty and he also has a serious contender for the future after ex Godolphin horse Chenier made a winning HK debut at Sha Tin on Sunday under his new name of Enrich Delight.
Juvenile Trial Watch – Rosehill
It was a busy morning for the two year-olds at Rosehill on Monday with six heats for juveniles and while spring stakes-winner Fake Love looked in top form with an easy win there were plenty of interesting unraced winners including three by first season sires Sooboog, Maurice (Jpn) and Star Turn.
Nicks that Click – Karaka 2021
Ocean Park has become a big favourite with Australian investors thanks to the deeds of his Group I stars Kolding and Tofane along with Group winners Oceanex and Another Dollar with Ocean Beyond, his new Melbourne stakes-winner last Saturday, highlighting a successful nick for the Cox Plate winning sire.