The Wow Signal Dies

Al Shaqab Racing has announced the death of their Group 1 winning young stallion The Wow Signal (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}). The 6-year-old had been battling laminitis for a number of months. The Wow Signal shot to prominence when winning the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot for trainer John Quinn having been purchased by the trainer’s son Sean for £50,000 from Eddie O’Leary’s Lynn Lodge Stud at the Ascot Breeze Up Sale in 2014. He confirmed his class when beating Hootenanny (Quality Road) in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on his next start, a performance which saw him crowned the champion 2-year-old in France that year. He never made it to the track as a 3-year-old and was retired to stud at Haras de Bouquetot in 2016. However he suffered from poor fertility resulting in two small crops of foals with just eight yearlings on the ground this year to represent him in the future. The Wow Signal’s pedigree made headlines late last year when his dam Muravka (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) was sold to Barronstown Stud for €950,000 at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale.