Cavalryman seen winning the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket in 2014 from Hillstar Image by www.racehorsephotos.co.uk

Cavalryman seen winning the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket in 2014 from Hillstar
Image by www.racehorsephotos.co.uk

The terrible news has been confirmed of the death of that grand campaigner Cavalryman, who was pulled up injured during a race at Meydan.

He was driven from the track in a horse ambulance but vets were very sadly unable to save his life after he sustained a leg fracture.

Cavalryman was a link back to the generation of Sea The Stars and made his mark in that glorious summer of 2009 when landing the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris whilst in the care of trainer Andre Fabre. He later followed-up in the Prix Niel before running a mighty race in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, finishing 2 ¼ lengths third to Sea The Stars.

He was kept in training, travelling internationally to Dubai, Germany, France and Italy but failed to win again until 2012, when at the age of 6 and now racing over longer trips, he won back to back contests at York and Sandown Park.

Further success came in March 2013 when Cavalryman won the Dubai Gold Cup by 3 lengths from Ahzeemah and in 2014 he enjoyed a tremendous renaissance to win in Meydan. Later that summer he added the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes, beating Hillstar by a neck in rain-softened ground at Newmarket and then beating old rival Ahzeemah by the same margin in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup.

The 9 year old, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, won over £1.9 million in prize money and his loss is another huge blow to Godolphin, following the recent deaths of Encke and Ihtimal.