Princess Highveld dies after stall accident

Princess Highveld dies after stall accident

Owner and breeder John Fairley said he and his family were “very sad” after his Group 1 win Princess of Highveld She died on March 23 after sustaining injuries in an accident at her stall last week.

Highfield Princess, trained by John Quinn, has progressed from winning a 57-rated handicap to winning four times at the top level in Britain, Ireland and France as well as lining up in major sprints in the US and Hong Kong.

Highfield Princess was due to return to racing this season with Fairley saying he and his family loved the “sheer excitement” of watching her compete. However, she was retired last week after sustaining an injury to her back leg after being placed in her stall.

In a statement issued on March 24, Fairley said: “It has been the honor of our lives to know Highveld Princess. We are all heartbroken.

“She was a dream horse to raise and own. She took our family on an extraordinary adventure around the world and created so many precious memories. She loved racing and her intelligence, toughness and will to win was unbelievable. She was truly a wonderful horse.” A special horse, a member of our family.

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“There have been so many people involved in her amazing journey. From the farm where she was born, to the people who helped her take her first steps under the saddle and the farm where she spent her vacations. We know the John and Sean Quinn Racing team, who have cared for Princess with dedication.” And love, it will also destroy. We would like to thank them all for their kind care over the years. She was very happy in that arena.”

Highveld Princess initially made positive progress under veterinary supervision, but was unable to recover from an “inoperable fracture.”

In a joint statement from John Quinn and his son Sean Fairley, they said: “Although she fought over the past week with the same exceptional spirit she showed on the racetrack, she lost her fight for life last night.

Bred by former television broadcaster and producer Fairlie, Queen’s owner at Highfield Stables in Malton, Highfield Princess was sold for £29,000 (US$38,352) as a yearling and entered training the following year.

Highfield Princess did not make her debut until the summer of her three-year-old season, winning on her maiden start on her fifth start in a seven-furlong race at Ayr. From there, she progressed quickly to win the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Listed Queen Charlotte Fillies in 2021.

In 2022, Highfield Princess jumped up to Group 1 level by winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) in France, the Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) in Britain, and the Flying Five Stakes (G1) in Ireland in less than a month. She also claimed the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes (G2), the Fillies and Mares’ Championship Final at Newcastle, and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T).

She returned last year to win another Group 1, the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (G1) and the King George Stakes (G2) at Glorious Goodwood, as well as finishing second in both the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) and Queen. Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot.

In total, Highveld Princess raced 39 times over four seasons, winning 14 times and finishing on 14 occasions. It reached the highest ranking of 120 and won £1,852,945 (US$1,471,175) in prize money.

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