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Sacred Falls Death Impacts Chitticks Personally
Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick was devastated with the loss of not only a potential world-class stallion in Sacred Falls on Sunday (see above) but also a horse that held a special place in the hearts of the Chittick family. “It’s been a very tough morning for all the team here as he (Sacred Falls) has been such a cool horse to be involved with,” Chittick said. “He had a wonderful temperament and a really engaging personality and all the staff here just love him.” Chittick revealed, “He meant a lot to us all, especially as he had played such a big part in our lives during some very tough times.” Chittick was referring to both the loss of Sacred Fall’s sire, O’Reilly and the passing of his first wife Lisa, who succumbed to leukaemia in May 2014. “When Lisa was sick and receiving treatment, Sacred Falls brought plenty of joy for us when he won the Doncaster Handicap in 2013 and again in 2014,” he said. “When O’Reilly died, Sacred Falls had just arrived at the Stud so it was like the torch had been passed from father to son so he was a very special horse for us all.” Sacred Falls will return home to Waikato Stud where he will be buried next to O’Reilly, with the Chittick family currently determining an appropriate tribute to the young sire.