Cup hero Dunaden retired

  • Last Updated: July 14 2014, 12:49 BST

Former Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden has been retired after suffering a training setback.

Dunaden: Retired after training setback
Dunaden: Retired after training setback

The eight-year-old, who ran under Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock banner, enjoyed his finest hour in the 2011 renewal of the 'race that stops a nation' at Flemington, beating Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux by a nose in the hands of Christophe Lemaire.

Winner of two other Group Ones in the Hong Kong Vase and Caulfield Cup, the Mikel Delzangles-trained entire earned well over £5million in prize-money and was successful in 10 of his 46 outings.

His last run was when ninth behind Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March.

He was second to St Nicholas Abbey in last season's Coronation Cup at Epsom, and occupied the same position behind Novellist in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Sheikh Fahad said: "In winning the Melbourne Cup, Dunaden gave me the most exciting day's racing I have ever had. He has been a dream horse to own. He has taken us all over the world from Europe to Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia and every time he tries his heart out and runs his race. He owes none of us anything.

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"I would like thank Richard Gibson who trained the horse when we bought him and in whose care Dunaden would have stayed but for Richard moving to Hong Kong.

"As a result, Mikel Delzangles inherited a horse on the upgrade and he did the most wonderful job training Dunaden to win three Group Ones and to compete at the very top level all over the world for four consecutive seasons.

"Perhaps Dunaden's greatest legacy is that his success ignited my brothers' interest to become involved in racehorse ownership. His career has played a vital role in the evolution of Qatar Racing, an operation which now has over 200 horses in training worldwide."

Delzangles said: "Dunaden will be very missed by all of us in the yard, but we are so proud of what he has achieved and very happy that he will get to stand at stud.

"He always showed us that anything is possible when you have a big heart. I owe him so much, much more than just victories. He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse."

A decision will now be made on where Dunaden will be retired to stud.