Elusive City died of a heart attack at Haras d'Etreham on Thursday
at the age of 19.
Successful in the Prix Morny for his owners the Thoroughbred
Corporation, the son of Elusive Quality earned a berth at Hubie de Burgh and
Marc de Chambure's Huma Park Stud in County Kildare, where he stood two seasons
before relocating to the Irish National Stud.
His first batch of two-year-olds created quite the impression,
with Soul City successful in the Goffs Million and Elusive Wave and Nashmiah earning
black type. Such results - particularly Soul City's win in the Goffs Million -
meant Elusive City was crowned champion first-season sire by earnings.
Elusive Wave won the Prix Imprudence, a key Classic trial, on her
seasonal reappearance at three, before landing the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches
at Longchamp on her next start.
Elusive City's next move in 2010 was to Haras d'Etreham, where
stood his first year at a career-high fee of €20,000. He stood his tenth season
at Etreham this year at a much-reduced €5,000 fee.
The sire's four other elite winners are Famous Seamus (NZ),
Perfect Fit (NZ), Vespa (NZ) and Xanadu (NZ). He is also nearing a century of
stakes winners - his tally stands at 97. He has sired winners in over 40
His first season at stud was when he shuttled to Trelawney Stud in
New Zealand in 2004, as part of a deal by some of the country's leading stud
farms including Haunui Farm where he later stood, and he served for seven
seasons in the southern hemisphere.
"It's with great sadness that we have to announce the death
of Elusive City at the age of 19 from a heart attack," wrote the stud on
social media. "He brought us a lot of joy and success in Europe and New
Zealand and a total of five Group One winners. We thank all the breeders who've
supported him over the years." -racing post