Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden has died after a paddock accident at Overbury Stud in England aged 13. Owned by Qatar Racing, Dunaden won the 2011 Melbourne Cup for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and returned to Australia the next year to claim the Caulfield Cup. He was trained in France by Mikel Delzangles and was ridden to his Melbourne Cup win by Christophe Lemaire.
The 13-year-old horse, owned by Qatar Racing, died at Overbury Stud in England on Wednesday local time. Dunaden won 10 of his 46 races and earned more than $9million in prize money.
David Redvers, Qatar Racing’s racing manager, said Dunaden was responsible for the Qatari royal family becoming involved in horse racing. ‘Dunaden was a horse of iron constitution with the most exceptional will to win,’ he told the press. Sheikh Fahad Al Thani – chairman of Qatar Racing – said Dunaden was the ‘horse of a lifetime’.
‘Winning the Melbourne Cup is a day I will never forget. He was pure class – consistent, strong and incredibly competitive,’ he said. ‘It is a terrible loss.’ Dunaden pipped Red Cadeaux to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup in a thrilling finish. Red Cadeaux also died young, being euthanized in 2015 after complications from injuries suffered in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.