Dunaden, another of the early stars for the Qatari Royal family, has passed away, at the age of 13.
The 2011 Melbourne up winner, who raced in the silks of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Pearl Bloodstock, suffered complications following a paddock accident at his home at Overbury Stud.
The son of Nicobar was trained in France by Mike Delzangles, where he landed the Group 3 Prix de Barbeville. However, it was his success at Flemington Park which made his name, as he beat Red Cadeaux by a nose.
Sheikh Fahad’s racing manager, David Redvers, commented:
“Dunaden is the horse that got Sheikh Fahad and his family hooked on horseracing. When he won the Melbourne Cup for a young Sheikh Fahad it really opened up the opportunities that horseracing can present. It’s a very sad day as he was definitely one of the family.”
Sheikh Fahad added: “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.”
“He’s an absolute favourite, there’s a big bronze of him at Longholes in Newmarket, which shows the level of affection in which he’s held,” Redvers added. “Tragically the accident happened the same day we had to put down Just The Judge, which is tough for all of those who work with the horses and particularly tough for Sheikh Fahad.
Simon Sweeting, manager of Overbury Stud added: “It was a huge honour 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.”