Edredon Bleu, the winner of a pulsating 2000 Queen Mother Champion Chase and a King George, has passed away at the age of 26.
The French-bred gelding made his name as a bold front runner for Henrietta Knight – and struck up a memorable partnership with AP McCoy.
He began to make his mark in 1998, landing the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before winning the first of four successive Peterborough Chases at Huntingdon.
He won a memorable renewal of the Champion Chase in March 2000, refusing to give way in a three-way battle with Direct Line and Flagship Uberalles, one of the great Festival races.
A year later, he won the Celebration Chase at Sandown Park.
Two Haldon Gold Cups followed at Exeter, before one of his greatest moments, when as a veteran, he held off Tiutchev, to win the 2003 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.
Knight said: “He was put down on Friday. He was coming up on 27 and he had one or two problems, it was much kinder to put him down – he had a few sores which couldn’t heal up, they don’t when they’re older.
“He had a wonderful life with Graham Thorner, who really looked after him well. He was very happy and Graham was very good to him.”
Course-Specialist was privileged to interview Henrietta Knight about Edredon Bleu’s career. You can read the article here: https://www.course-specialist.co.uk/features/memory-lane-henrietta-knight-recalls-edredon-bleu/