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Former classy royal runner Right Approach dies in South Africa

Son of Machiavellian tasted some success as a stallion

Right Approach: hailed from the family of the Queen's Classic heroine Highclere
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Right Approach, a Group 1-placed performer for the Queen who went on to dead-heat in the Dubai Duty Free in the care of Mike de Kock, recently died at Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africa.

The son of Machiavellian, who was 18, was trained by Sir Michael Stoute to win the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes and finish second in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot for the Queen.

He was later purchased by a syndicate that included Bernard Kantor, Larry Nesdatst, Mary Slack and top golfer Lee Westwood in a deal brokered by Form Bloodstock, and sent to De Kock in Dubai.

Right Approach flourished for his new connections, winning the Listed Unfuwain Stakes and joining Paolini on the line to land the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free in Nad Al Sheba at five.

In the following season he finished second in the Group 2 Jebel Hatta and third in the Dubai Duty Free back in Dubai, before signing off with an honourable fourth in the Singapore Cup.

Right Approach was retired to Wilgerbosdrift in 2006 and the stud outlined his achievements in his second career in a statement.

“Right Approach’s first crop yielded Mauritian star Green Keeper and 21 other individual winners,” it said. “Subsequent crops produced the Graded stakes winners Eventual Angel, Fantastic Mr Fox, Halve The Deficit and Whiteline Fever, with the latter capturing two runnings of the Grade 2 Hawaii Stakes and earning more than R1.8 million.

“Another son of Right Approach, Red Barrel, captured the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, while the sire was also responsible for Listed Thukela Handicap/Listed KZN Guineas Trial winner Easy Lover.”

Right Approach was out of the winning Shadeed mare Abbey Strand, who in turn was out of a half-sister to the Queen's 1,000 Guineas and Prix de Diane heroine Highclere, the dam of blue hen Height Of Fashion.

Right Approach’s first crop yielded Mauritian star Green Keeper and 21 other individual winners
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