Tributes For Thorn Park
Tributes have been paid to Australian G1 winner and Grosvenor Award winning stallion Thorn Park following his premature death at Windsor Park Stud after a battle with a hoof infection.
The stallion was laid to rest on December 8 after succumbing to a long-running and deep-seated infection in the navicular bone of his near hind foot.
"Over the past few months every effort has been made by veterinarians and staff to overcome the infection, which also gave rise to laminitis in his off hind foot,” Windsor Park announced when confirming Thorn Park's passing.
“While good progress had been made in the laminitic foot, unfortunately the infection in his near hind foot proved insurmountable.”
Thorn Park, by Spinning World, was withdrawn from stud service in September.
Thorn Park won nine of his 22 starts, including the 2004 G1 Stradbroke Handicap when trained in Sydney by Bob Thomsen.
His 17 stakes winners to date include this year’s Cox Plate winner Ocean Park as well as the G1 winners Jimmy Choux, Veyron, The Party Stand and Norzita.
His other notable progeny include Centennial Park, La Etoile, Te Akau Rose and Te Akau Coup.
Thorn Park was laid to rest at Windsor Park Stud.
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