02/04/2016 5:02PM

European champion, sire Halling dies at 25


Halling, Europe’s champion older male of 1996 and a sire of note in England, was euthanized at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, on Monday due to the infirmities of old age.

The 25-year-old son of Diesis spent his entire career at stud standing for Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum’s breeding operation, retiring to Dalham Hall Stud for the 1997 breeding season, then relocating to Emirates Stud Farm in Dubai in 2004 for three seasons before returning to England to stay.

Bred in Kentucky by Cyril Humphris, Halling won 12 of 18 starts for earnings of $1,332,651. He raced primarily in England, where he won the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes and Coral-Eclipse Stakes in both 1995 and 1996. His championship campaign in 1996 also featured a victory in the French Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan.

Halling also raced five times in the U.A.E., failing to win only once in a loss to Cigar in the inaugural Dubai World Cup in 1996. He also finished behind Cigar in his lone trip to the U.S. in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Belmont Park.

At stud, Halling has sired 17 crops of racing age, with 462 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $44.7 million. His best runners include Group 1 winners Cavalryman and Jack Hobbs, Group 2 winners Opinion Poll, Giovane Imperatore, Coastal Path, Eastern Aria, Pinson, and Certerach, Turkish champion Hakkar, and Swiss Horse of the Year Halling River.

Sons of Halling currently at stud include Coastal Path, Dandoun, Franklins Gardens, Hakkar, Hala Bek, and Norse Dancer.