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Tragic end to Gilt Complex's Dubai campaign

  • Sun, 11 Mar 2018
  • Dennis Ryan
The Dubai campaign of star Singapore stayer Gilt Complex has ended tragically.

The Dubai campaign of star Singapore stayer Gilt Complex has ended tragically.

The Dubai campaign of star New Zealand-bred Singapore stayer Gilt Complex has ended tragically after he suffered a hind leg pastern fracture in a race at Meydan overnight.

Gilt Complex, the winner of last year’s Raffles Cup and Singapore Gold Cup, was lining up for the second start of his campaign in the Gr. 2 Dubai City of Gold over 2400 metres on the Meydan Turf track. After racing prominently through the early stages, he was pulled out of the race with an obvious problem.

Back in New Zealand his co-owner Trish Dunell had tuned into the race via the internet, but it wasn’t until receiving an email from trainer Cliff Brown that the full circumstances were able to be revealed.

“He fractured the pastern of his right hind leg and there was no possibility of saving him,” Dunell told www.theinformant.co.nz. “It’s very sad for the horse himself and those closest to him; he had been a slow maturing horse and was really only reaching his peak.”

For his two Singapore Group One wins, the son of Gold Centre who cost just $10,000 as a Karaka Festival yearling, received the Champion Stayer and Champion Aged Horse titles at the 2017 Singapore Turf Club awards.