Classic sire Turtle Bowl dies at stud in Japan at age of 15
Son of Dyhim Diamond formerly stood at Haras de Montaigu
Turtle Bowl, who began his stallion career in France before switching to the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, has died having suffered a heart attack at the age of 15.
Turtle Bowl was by the Group 3-winning sprinter Dyhim Diamond, a son of Night Shift, and the highly accomplished mare Clara Bow, also the dam of Group 2 winner Turtle Bow and the high-class stayer Age Of Aquarius. It is the successful Aga Khan family of Kartajana.
Turtle Bowl showed a useful level of ability at two, but it was during his three-year-old campaign that he really blossomed as he went on to land a Listed event, a Group 3 contest and signed off his season with success in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat.
He maintained a high level of form right through to his five-year-old season, during which he finished second to Manduro in the Prix d'Ispahan and was beaten just a head into third in the 2007 Queen Anne Stakes by Ramonti.
He entered stud at Haras de Montaigu in Normandy in 2009 at a fee of €5,000 and made an immediate impact in his second career having supplied 2012 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Lucayan and Criterium International scorer and 2,000 Guineas runner-up French Fifteen from his first crop with modest numbers.
On the back of such a promising first crop of Classic performers it was announced in November 2012 that Turtle Bowl had been bought by the Yoshida brothers to stand at the family's Shadai Stallion Station in Japan. His first Japan-bred crop is currently three, and he had already sired the likes of the winning Ange Joli and Firm Faith before his untimely death.
Turtle Bowl has also gained a reputation for supplying high-class jumping stock, with the likes of the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Bapaume, who landed the Grade 1 Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at this year's Punchestown festival, and Ivan Grozny, who won the Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle, among his notable performers.