Coolmore Stud yesterday announced the death of Royal Academy (USA). The 25-year-old son of Nijinsky succumbed to the infirmities of old age at Coolmore Australia.
“It’s very sad,” said Tom Magnier.¬†”Royal Academy has been a tremendous servant to Coolmore, wherever he’s been based. He spent the last five years of his life here, the last two years in retirement.”
“Particular credit must go to our head stallion man Gerry Ryan, who looked after him with great care and attention. He has been wonderfully prolific, siring more than 160 Stakes winners and his progeny earnings are the equivalent of more than US$120,000,000.”
“He sired major winners over a wide range of distances, at all ages. I suspect, though, that his greatest legacy is the speed he passed on to the best of his Australian descendants – the brilliant Black Caviar is by one of his sons while champion sire-elect Fastnet Rock is out of one of his daughters.”
Winner of the July Cup and Breeders Cup Mile, Royal Academy began his stallion career at Coolmore at a fee of IR30,000gns in 1991. Royal Academy also stood at Coolmore‚Äôs American branch, Ashford Stud, as well as shuttling to Australia and South America.
His Gr 1 winners in Australia include Black Caviar‚Äôs sire Bel Esprit, Serious Speed and Kenwood Melody.