Three-time international Group 1 winner, Dunaden, best known for his victory in Australia's most famous race, the G1 Melbourne Cup, died at Overbury Stud in England yesterday due to complications following a paddock accident.
Purchased privately as a 4-year-old by David Redvers on behalf of Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock in 2010, Dunaden would go on to win multiple top-level prizes, including the Melbourne Cup in 2011. Other career highlights included winning his next start, the G1 Hong Kong Vase and then, on his return to Australia in 2012 a historic win in the G1 Caulfield Cup.
During seven seasons of racing, Dunaden ran 46 times, winning ten races and placed a further 19 times. Dunaden was trained initially for Sheikh Fahad by Richard Gibson before his move to Hong Kong and was then handled for the remainder of his career by Mikel Delzangles, was rated 130 by Timeform and won more than £5,000,000 in prize money.
Dunaden retired from racing to stand at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire in 2015.
Dunaden's first crop of 3-year-olds are running in 2019 and are represented, amongst others, by Ranch Hand, who made it two from two when winning impressively on Monday for Andrew Balding.
David Redvers, Sheikh Fahad's racing manger, said:
“Dunaden was a horse of iron constitution with the most exceptional will to win. He gave Sheikh Fahad some fantastic days and was largely responsible for the wider Qatari family becoming involved in horseracing. “He was the most intelligent thoroughbred I have ever been involved with and we are all incredibly saddened by his death. “I would like to thank Simon Sweeting and his team at Overbury Stud for the job they have done with the horse, particularly over the last few days.”
Sheikh Fahad said:
“Dunaden was a horse of a lifetime. Winning the Melbourne Cup is a day I will never forget. He was pure class – consistent, strong and incredibly competitive. QIPCO's initial increase in investment in racing is largely down to Dunaden's success. It is a terrible loss.”
Simon Sweeting, manager of Overbury Stud, said:
“It was a huge honor to have stood Dunaden at Overbury Stud. I was delighted to have been involved with him and am very sad to have lost him so early.”
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