Sad Passing of Keltrice
Yesterday morning Wednesday 6th March, 2013 Keltrice due to the infirmities of old age was put down.
Keltrice was 22 years of age and has endured good health until recently. Keltrice a Group 1 winner of the Lightning Stakes and runner up in Blue Diamond Stakes behind Lady Jakeo stood at Rangal Park Stud since his retirement from the track in 1995. As a sire Keltrice had an impressive 67% winners to runners strike rate and produced the black type runners, Del Este – Billett Express, Northeast Sheila, Deprave, Storm Signal, Dashing Granada, Skymaker, Cross Current, Serkelt, On Focus, Magical Pearl, Maunatrice, Zarek, Clevedon, Lezayre, Kelthorpe, Sally Magic, Mavourtrice, Gotrice, Vegas Show, Keltic Flash, Keltaeha, Keltah, Aadelaidee, Kel Power and Kid Marco. Keltrice’s pedigree is free of Northern Dancer, Mr Prospector, Star Kingdom and Sir Tristram blood, which has stood him in good stead as a broodmare sire with Stakes performers the likes of Lady Melksham, Celebrity Girl, Publishing, Jacqueline Rouge, Satin Robes, Midnight Mustang, Uxorious, Lyell, Immortality, Miss Mooney Mooney, Destruction, The Annihilator, Megadeal, Rhumb Line, Albaicin, Stop Sookin and Poised to Win and many more to come.
Keltrice will be buried at Rangal Park Stud alongside stallion Palace Music and mare Jovan and will be sadly missed by all the staff that worked with him.
Keltrice (Kenmare – Vain Display) is a most consistent sire of 67% winners to runners, including 11 Stakes winners and 14 Stakes place-getters. His progeny have earned in excess of $19 million in earnings and his broodmare statistics are now emerging in equally impressive fashion.
With Australia’s bloodlines becoming saturated with Northern Dancer and to a lesser extent Mr Prospector, together with traditional Australian bloodlines of Star Kingdom and Sir Tristram making up the bulk of current colonial thoroughbred pedigrees it is refreshing to have a stallion such as Keltrice who carries none of those bloodlines and can be a vital outcross to Australian breeders.
As a broodmare sire, Keltrice runners have a very high strike rate and some of his current runners of note are Lady Melksham, Destruction, Celebrity Girl, Jacqueline Rouge, Midnight Mustang, Publishing, Satin Robes, Miss Mooney Mooney, Immortality, Lyell, Megadeal and The Annihilator etc.
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