Champion Sire Giant’s Causeway Dead at 21

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday April 18
Coolmore have announced the sad passing of Giant's Causeway, who died last night aged 21 at his Kentucky birthplace Ashford Stud, after a brief illness.

Giant's CausewayTrained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle, and widely regarded as the best son of Storm Cat, Giant's Causeway was an unbeaten Group I winner at two and earned himself the moniker "The Iron Horse" following five straight Group I wins in Europe as a 3YO.

His final start, and only one on dirt, came in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs where he again showed his never say die attitude in a marvellous tussle with Tiznow, ending his career having never finished outside of the first two in his thirteen racecourse starts.

Giant's Causeway stood one season at Coolmore Ireland before unprecedented demand from US breeders saw him relocate to Ashford.

He made an immediate impact with that first crop which included Europe Champion 2YO and top 3YO Shamardal, unbeaten 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, Coronation Stakes winner Maids Causeway and North American Grade 1 winners Aragorn and My Typhoon. This spectacular success continued with his Ashford crops, resulting in him becoming the first horse since Danzig to top the General Sires' list on three occasions.

Throughout his eighteen years at stud, Giant's Causeway sired an incredible 31 G1 winners worldwide, and will leave behind a long-lasting legacy as a successful sire of sires and top broodmare sire.

Giant's Causeway shuttled to Australia for three seasons at the start of his career standing his first season here in 2002 at a fee of $137,500. He left several Australian stakes-winners including the Group I winner Juste Momente.

"To foal, raise and race a horse of Giant's Causeway's caliber is every owner/breeder's dream, so for him to stand as a stallion at his birthplace, and go on to be a three-time Champion Sire is nothing short of sensational," commented Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan.

"Giant's Causeway was a once in a lifetime horse, and I would like to thank the owners, the Magnier and Tabor families, for entrusting us with his stud career. I would also like to extend my gratitude to all of the stallion handlers at Ashford past and present for providing the highest level of care for Giant, in particular Blaise Benjamin and Richard Barry. He will be a huge loss not just to us, but to the industry as a whole."

Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Magic Lord Kanaloa Yearlings an International Highlight
The sire of last weekend’s Japan Cup winner Almond Eye, Lord Kanaloa has been announced as the most expensive publicly-priced member of the 30-strong roster at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan for 2021.
Juvenile Trial Watch – Newcastle
For a first season sire whose yearlings were not exactly selling like hotcakes earlier this year, Flying Artie has made a great start to his stud career and at the Newcastle trials on Thursday morning we saw a colt that may well add to his success sooner rather than later.
One To Watch - Kyneton
The Matthew Cumani-trained Tycoon Bec made a belated start to her career worth the wait when she caned a field of maiden fillies and mares by upwards of four and a half lengths over 1450m at Kyneton on Thursday.
Telperion 2YO Chasing Stakes Success
Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will head south to Trentham on Saturday to a wet welcome, with rain forest for the weekend’s premier meeting.
Would You Breed to Camelot If You Could?
Having sired first (Sir Dragonet) and third (Russian Camelot) in the Group I MVRC Cox Plate last weekend, Camelot has cemented his place as the most desirable sire for Australian buyers shopping in the Northern Hemisphere for both tried horses and yearlings, which is somewhat of an irony.
Best On Breeding
With just three stakes races and a scarcity of two-year-old action around Australia on Saturday, it looks a suitable time for a stallion to get off the mark.
Let’s Take An Updated Closer Look
Earlier this year we ran a series of very popular stories titled ‘Closer Look’ delving into the crop by crop analysis of our champion sires and recent results have given us cause to update and revisit the story on Written Tycoon, who is enjoying a ground breaking season.
Sires With Winners - Thursday December 3
Here is the full list of 38 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia on Thursday with winners and result details.
Giant Causeway's Bricks And Mortar Honoured as US Horse Of The Year
Preparing to get to work at Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm in Japan, Bricks and Mortar had been named 2019 Horse of the Year at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park.
Coolmore Secures Record Breaking Galileo Fillies at Tattersalls Finale
A pair of GALILEO yearlings set the sale ring alight on the third day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale as they became the two highest priced yearling fillies to be sold in the World in 2020, both bought by MV Magnier. A strong final session saw a further four lots sell for 1,000,000 guineas or more, taking the number of seven figure lots to nine for the sale.