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Star German filly Borgia dies of colic aged 18

Germany: Borgia, one of the most successful German fillies of all-time, has died at herhome at Gestut Ammerland after an acute attack of colic. She was 18.

The daughter of Acatenango was bred by Dietrich von Boetticher of Gestut Ammerland and raced in his colours throughout her career.

Borgia won theDeutsches Derby in 1997 to become only the second filly since the war to win the Hamburg Classic.

She followed up two months later in the Grosser Preis von Baden before finishing third in the Arc and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Trained originally by Bruno Schutz and after his death by his son Andreas, she was later transferred to Andre Fabre,
for whom she won the Hong Kong Vase.

As a broodmare Borgia was less successful: she has thrown four winners, but none of them remotely approaching her own class. Her last foal, a filly by Lope De Vega, was born only a month ago.

Borgia's racecourse earnings of over €1.5 million stood asa record for a German filly or mare until the arrival of Danedream last year.

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