02/23/2004 12:00AM

Be My Guest dead at 30


Be My Guest, a Group 2 winner who sired the 1990 Belmont Stakes winner, God and Go, and several European champions, died Feb. 19 in Ireland of the infirmities of old age, according to a report in the Racing Post. The stallion, who had been pensioned from Coolmore, was 30.

Be My Guest, a son of Northern Dancer and the 1965 champion 3-year-old filly, What a Treat, set a European yearling price record when he sold in 1975 for 127,000 guineas. Bred by Walter Haefner's Moyglare Stud and raced by Diana Manning, he won the 1977 Waterford Crystal Mile, an English Group 2, as well as the Group 3 Blue Riband Trial in England and the Group 3 Desmond Stakes in Ireland.

Be My Guest retired in 1978 to Coolmore Stud, where he built the global stallion operation's foundation. He quickly achieved success as a sire, getting a French champion, Assert; an English 1000 Guineas winner, On the House; and group winners What a Guest and Anfield from his first crop to race.

His early successes put him at top of the British and Irish sire rankings in 1982. He went on to sire millionaire Pentire, a champion twice in England and once in Ireland, the Belmont-winning Irish champion Go and Go, as well as champions in France, Germany, and Switzerland.

At his death, Be My Guest had sired 24 crops to race, with total progeny earnings of more than $29.5 million.