The proprietor of the Lochend harness racing stud at Maitland in New South Wales Paul Carmody is in shock today at the sudden demise of his flagship stallion Aces N Sevens 1:48.8 ($888,934).
The 17 year old stallion was found dead today by Paul Carmody when being checked early this morning.
The son of Cams Card Shark had established himself as one of the better stallions in Australia and his loss will be keenly felt at Lochend Stud.
"Aces N Sevens had never been in better order in his time at the stud and that made his sudden death all the harder to take” said Mr Carmody when speaking to Harnesslink this afternoon.
“It appears Aces N Sevens had had a massive heart attack during the night and had died where he had fallen” he said.
Aces N Seven has stood at stud in Australia since the 2002/2003 breeding season.
For the first five years at stud Aces N Sevens shuttled back to North America but has been based in Australia full time since 2008.
His North American stock have done an outstanding job to date with 170 winners of $10,927,896 in stakes.
Not only have 28 of those winners won over $100,000 but 38 having taken a sub 1:55 record as well.
Aces N Sevens has compiled an even better record in Australia having sired 284 winners of $12,033,631 in stakes to date.
His flag bearer in Australia has been the brilliant Excel Stride 1:50.3 ($769,464) while others such as Drumfire 1:49 ($546,945) Ananz 1:53.8 ($527,844) Lettucerocku 1:52.6 ($343,854) and Lady Lexus 1:52.3 ($316,518) have all played their part in Aces N Sevens success.
Aces N Seven has won the coveted New South Wales Stallion Of The Year award on no less than four occasions to date.
While heading into the latter part of his stud career, Aces N Seven had served 59 and 66 mares in the last two seasons and early interest suggested a similar number this season.
Aces N Sevens has had 21 $100,000 earners and 16 in 1:55 in Australia which are great numbers down under.
Everyone knows how difficult it is for stallions to become established as a sire and to lose one like Aces N Sevens when he still had so much to offer must make his sudden death so much harder for Paul Carmody to deal with at the moment.