AMBITIOUS breeder Fred Brons of ThoroughBlood suffered a massive blow when stallion Harry Hall (photo) died on Thursday morning. Brons has for the last several months put his time, bloodstock expertise and a big advertising campaign behind the young stallion along with Nigel Riley’s Heversham Park Stud and Ernst du Preez of Favour Stud.

Brons had expressed publicly and with great faith that Harry Hall, a son of Pivotal who had only covered a handful of mares in a short career, would thrive on the Highveld where, for the last two months, he’d been stabled at Heversham Park alongside Moofeed.

Harry Hall had only covered four problematic, experimental mares at Favour Stud in Stilbaai but all their offspring made it to the racetrack. Three of them have won, the fourth was placed, and one is the black-type performer Favour’s Pride, a winner of five races and near R600,000 in stakes.

Brons said: “Harry Hall covered two mares at Heversham Park and we had five more booked, most of them mares by Danehill. My research showed that he would be best suited to Danehill mares and this was confirmed in a chat I had with Gary Player at a recent sale.

“But now this has happened and it’s really tragic for us. ‘Harry’ died early this morning, around 3am.  From the evening before we had three vets involved with him, but within 24 hours it was all over. His corps has been sent to Onderstepoort to have a post-mortem done to establish the exact cause.”