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Melbourne Cup hero Vintage Crop dies aged 27

Updated: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 23:15 | Comments

Vintage Crop also won two Irish St Legers along with the Melbourne showpiece
Vintage Crop also won two Irish St Legers along with the Melbourne showpiece

Mick Kinane has hailed Vintage Crop as an "iconic stayer" after the Melbourne Cup hero passed away at the age of 27.

Trained by Dermot Weld, Vintage Crop became the first northern hemisphere-based horse in history to win the Melbourne Cup in 1993, triumphing in the 'race that stops a nation' in the hands of Kinane.

Vintage Crop also won the Irish St Leger in 1993 and 1994 and the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in 1992, as well as finishing sixth in the 1993 Champion Hurdle.

Kinane said: "He was an iconic stayer and we created history, so he'll always have a special place in my heart.

"He was a very tough and genuine horse and also very talented.

"He won the Melbourne Cup, two Irish St Legers and the Cesarewitch.

"He didn't manage to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. He just didn't stay well enough.

"We were pretty confident going into the Melbourne Cup. He'd won the Irish Leger, the rain came, we were expecting a big performance and he produced."  

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