Sad Loss to Qld Breeding

In a blow to the Queensland breeding industry, former Australian Champion 2yo and triple Group 1 winner, Dracula has died.

The star sprinter had been the signature sire for Egmont Park Stud at Oakey for five years.

He suffered a twisted bowel at his owner's North Queensland property on the weekend.

Dracula was a very under-rated sire considering his outstanding racetrack performances and the fact that he sired 47% winners to runners, including Stakes winners - Impaler and Countess Bathory - and Stakes placed gallopers - Dracaan and Drac's Back.

As a broodmare sire, the 17yo was really starting to make a name for himself. From just 26 starters he has had 14 winners, four placed including one Stakes winner and one Stakes placegetter.

And as with all stallions that pass prematurely, the best may be yet to come.

It is a sad loss to the Queensland breeding industry, especially on the back of the deaths of promising young Queensland sires - Hotel Grand and All Bar One earlier this year.