14th Jul 2014
L-R Living Legends; Kicking King, Beef or Salmon, Vintage Crop, Tudor Loom and Moscow Flyer.
Vintage Crop, winner of the 1993 Melbourne Cup died Sunday July 13th. A glorious and pioneering racing career in the colours of Dr. Michael Smurfit and under the expert guidance of DK Weld was followed by a long retirement at the Irish National Stud.
John Osborne, CEO of the Irish National Stud paid tribute to the Legend ‘Vintage Crop was a true equine celebrity, a horse who pioneered the concept of truly global competition when he travelled from the Curragh to Flemington to win the Melbourne Cup, the richest race in Australia. The scale of that achievement is revealed by the number of horses who have since tried and come up short. He was a great feature of our visitor experience here at The Irish National Stud, his story was told to hundreds of thousands, who saw him as a true warrior. He was lovingly cared for here by Annette Boland, Fiona Doggett and Leona Harmon and will be missed by us all.’
‘Vintage Crop had a nephrosplenic entrapment which caused him to colic yesterday. As a 27 year old the treatment options are restricted, his response to pain control was disappointing and he was humanely put to sleep.’
With a stellar career which included wins in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket, over hurdles at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, Stakes wins at The Curragh, Leopardstown and Navan he also ran in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. He was the first horse to win two consecutive Irish St. Leger’s and also the first horse in Irish Racing history to win One Million Irish Pounds but his greatest achievement was to “shrink the globe” and pave the way for jet setting racehorses competing on five continents. In overcoming the long journey to Australia and winning such a competitive race was a true measure of his constitution.
When the history of global racing is written, Vintage Crop will have a chapter.