The ultra-popular Brown Panther who won the Irish St Leger in 2014 and was third in the Royal Ascot Gold Cup was fatally injured at the Curragh on Sunday. He had missed his chance to run at Royal Ascot in 2015 due to a leg injury and was making his return to racing in Ireland.
The Classic winner was looking to defend his Irish St Leger title, but he pulled up sharply with six furlongs remaining, the seven-year-old suffered a serious hind leg injury and could not be saved.
“most brilliant horse I will ever set eyes on”
– Michael Owen
Former England striker, Michael Owen, who bred Brown Panther described him as “the toughest, most honest, most brilliant horse I will ever set eyes on” before saying the death of his favourite horse meant it was “the saddest day of my life.”
Brown Panther was without question the star of the Tom Dascombe stable, winning 11 of his 27 races collecting £1,114,425 in win and place prize-money in the process. He won multiple group races including the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan, the 2013 Group 2 Goodwood Cup, 2014 Group 3 Ormonde Stakes, 2014 Group 3 Henry II Stakes.
There is no doubt that Brown Panther was one of the most popular and talented horses in training and it is extremely sad that he will not be around in the future. He will be fondly remembered by all racing fans.
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