Sprint Champion dies

Sprint Champion dies
Former Champion Sprinter Lake Coniston has died. He was 23 years old.

Based in Kimberley for the last three years, Lake Coniston remained fertile under the end of his days, getting all of his mares in foal last season.

A son of another top sprinter in Bluebird, Lake Coniston was produced by the Persian Bold mare, Persian Polly.
Trained by Geoff Lewis, Lake Coniston was an outstanding racehorse who achieved a Timeform Rating of 131 in 1995.

Unraced at two, Lake Coniston won four times at three, and ended the 1994 season with a win in the then Gp3 Diadem Stakes, defeating Gp1 Middle Park Stakes winner First Trump by a length.

He was even better at four, when Lake Coniston when three of his first four starts. This culminating in a breath taking four length romp in Britain’s premier sprint – the Group 1 July Cup.
On that occasion, Lake Coniston had no fewer than six Group 1 winners behind him – including July Cup winner Owington, Nunthorpe Stakes winners So Factual and Piccolo, and Prix Morny winner Hoh Magic.
He was Europe’s Champion Sprinter of 1995, and was subsequently retired to stud.

Timeform described the colt as ‘strong, rangy colt and a good mover..The Timeform Rating given to Lake Coniston is higher than any given to his immediate predecessor as champion sprinter.”

Retired to Coolmore, Lake Coniston’s foals included champion sprinter Continent, who emulated his sire when he won the Gp1 July Cup in 2002.
He also sired the high-class 2yos Kapiston (Gr1 Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes) and Karasta (Gp2 May Hill Stakes), and is the broodmare sire of German 1000 Guineas winner Mi Emma.

Sent to South Africa in 2004, Lake Coniston left behind a number of smart performers, including Purple Lake (Gr3 Magnolia Hcp), Lake Drawsko (3rd Laisserfaire Stakes), Rose Reserve (2nd Gr3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery), Legal Account (3rd Gr2 KRA Fillies Guineas), and Margaret Court (3rd Gr3 Final Fling S).

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