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New Zealand-based nursery Haunui Farm announced yesterday that Gr1 Australian Guineas winner Ferlax has died at the age of 7 after sustaining a paddock injury on Thursday afternoon. The sad news comes on the eve of transporting his first crop of yearlings to the 2017 NZB National Sale Series at Karaka. "We are quite devastated," said Haunui Farm's Managing Director, Mark Chitty. "We were privileged to have the opportunity to stand Ferlax on behalf of his owner, Jonathan Munz, and have worked closely with him and his Bloodstock Manager Dean Hawthorne to give Ferlax the best possible opportunity at stud. For something like this to happen before he's even had a yearling go through the ring, let alone a runner on the track, is pretty tough." Chitty added: "To lose him at this early stage is certainly a blow not only to Haunui, but our breeding industry as we can ill afford to lose promising young stallions like this." Ferlax has been laid to rest overseeing the Haunui Farm parade ring. Ferlax (Pentire-Legs Akimbo, by Marscay) won 4 of his 9 starts including the 2013 edition of the stallion-making Gr1 Australian Guineas. His was also runner in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes behind superstar racemare Atlantic Jewel.