Lockinge winner Emperor Jones dies at stud in Argentina
Sire of classy sorts Welsh Emperor and Janet was 27
Emperor Jones, the impressive winner of the Lockinge Stakes for John Gosden and Sheikh Mohammed in 1994, has died at stud in Argentina. The son of Danzig was 27.
Emperor Jones won a Newmarket maiden and York conditions race by wide margins at two and came back in the following season to score narrowly in the Craven Stakes.
He finished placed in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Celebration Mile and Park Stakes at three and his finest moments came at four, when he won the Lockinge – then Group 2 – by three and a half lengths from Alflora and finished a neck second to Barathea in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Emperor Jones was retired to Fares Stud, now Newsells Park Stud, in Hertfordshire before moving to Haras du Quesnay in Normandy and subsequently being sold to stand in Argentina.
His best offspring in the northern hemisphere are Celebration Mile winner and dual Prix de la Foret runner-up Welsh Emperor, US Grade 1 heroine Janet and Grade 2-winning novice chaser Keltic Bard.
In South America he has supplied Grade 1 winners Bigness Emperor, Evo Emperor, Filoso Emperor, Grito De Amor and Saba Emperor.
Emperor Jones was bred in the US by Cherry Valley Farm and partners out of the Grade 3-placed Native Royalty mare Qui Royalty, making him a half-brother to European champion two-year-old Bakharoff.