DUAL world champion skewbald Ants Inhis Pants has died.
Sold to Irish interests in May 2015, Ants Inhis Pants had been mixing racing and stud duties in the northern hemisphere.
To connections’ dismay, the Australian-bred son of Mcardle died of a suspected heart attack over night.
Prepared in Queensland by Darren Hooper, Ants Inhis Pants set two racing records before his sale.
By time trialling at Albion Park in 1:57.8, the colt bettered the three-year-old mark set by Irish-bred pacer Cinderella Man thanks to his win in 2:00.8 at Portmarnock in 2014.
Ants Inhis Pants also claimed the all-aged skewbald record belonging to fellow Queenslander, White Fire, which rated 1:58 over 1660 metres at Albion Park in 2006 when driven by Wayne Waltisbuhl.
Ants Inhis Pants’ sale was listed as the youngster’s third world record, with the undisclosed amount reported to be highest paid for a skewbald standardbred.
“Skewbalds are extremely popular in the UK and the interest in him was huge,” Hooper said at the time of the sale.
“He was just unique in colour and character, and for a colt, was just a gentle animal.”
Having served steady books during the past two years, Ants Inhis Pants is destined to leave high class stock according to UK-based owner Patrick Watson.
“Trust me, anyone who has a mare in foal, or has a foal by him, will be thrilled as he will leave superstars,” Watson said.
“I’m devastated. I was just going to get shoes on him, clip him and starting training him up.
“His heart was just too big, just like Bruce Lee, and it gave out. He was the best horse to ever be in one of my yards.”
- PAUL COURTS