On Sunday, the death of Widden Victoria shuttle-stallion National Defense was confirmed, a Group 1 winning son of Invincible Spirit.
In a press release, Widden Stud said: “Widden Stud regret to report the untimely passing of Victorian-based shuttle stallion National Defense.
“His oldest Australian progeny are yet to be raced, but with 80 two-year-olds in the southern hemisphere this season, we look forward to seeing his name live on through their performances.”
National Defense had already begun his stallion career in fine fashion, siring last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Twilight Gleaming.
A sad loss to the stallion ranks of both Widden & Victoria, we hope to see his progeny kick big goals, just as their champion sire did when claiming the award for champion two-year-old colt in France in 2016.