Just The Judge, one of the trailblazers for Qatar Bloodstock, has been put down, at the age of nine.
The winner of the 2013 Irish 1,000 Guineas suffered complications, following surgery for colic.
The daughter of Lawman had been an unbeaten juvenile, culminating in her victory in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes.
Hopes were high that the Charlie Hills trained filly would develop into a Classic performer and she finished second to Sky Lantern in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, before going one place better in the Irish equivalent, defeating Rehn’s Nest.
Just The Judge continued to perform with credit, placing third in four Group One contests before landing the 2014 Grade One EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, at the expense of Odeliz.
“It was my second season of training when she went unbeaten as a two-year-old. She was a tremendously gifted filly and won Group races at two, three and four, which takes a good bit of doing, and she was a great filly to have around.
“We bought her as a yearling and she was such a well-balanced filly with good size and scope and a tremendous action. She’ll be hugely missed not just by me but all our family as well.”
David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar Racing, who owns Tweenhills Stud Farm, where Just The Judge was based, said: “There’s always an element of risk when you’re dealing with livestock. We knew we were taking a particular risk with Just The Judge, but she’s such an important broodmare to our operation.
“She was Sheikh Fahad’s first Classic winner, the first Classic winner I had anything to do with, and was a very important part of our operation.
“Her first two foals sold for over a million and her Galileo filly this year was born at the end of the first week in March. The cavity out of which the foal came leaves a fair space as you can imagine, a big place, and she flipped her colon, as in her large intestine, and this is a fairly common phenomenon and one that is normally easily rectified.
“The excellent team at Three Counties operated on her and it was all straight-forward and went extremely well. As you see from the footage taken of the mare and foal, she was in great fettle and we thought we were out of the woods and that everything was perfect.
“Two days ago, she was a bit grumbly in the paddock at lunchtime so we brought her in. She was obviously in a bit of discomfort so rather then calling the vet out or anything, we sent her straight to Three Counties Equine Clinic and I got a relatively pleasing message that evening to say it had all settled down, that it just looked like a bit of gas and was of no consequence.
“That night things suddenly took a turn for the worst and she was operated on immediately, and in spite of all of their best efforts and the great work put in by John Campbell and the team, she had to be put down today. I have just come back from saying goodbye to her.”
“It’s massively disappointing for me personally and it’s hugely disappointing for Sheikh Fahad and Melissa, but it’s even more disappointing for the team here. Victoria and everybody who looks after these horses on a daily basis become incredibly fond of them.
“Anyway, now the process begins of fostering the gorgeous Galileo filly across and luckily it’s a filly. And for China Horse Club and everybody that owns her, that’ll be done as seamlessly as possible. She’s a little toughie and I’m sure she’ll work things out, but there have been better days,” Redvers added.