Dunaden edges out Red Cadeaux to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
Dunaden edges out Red Cadeaux to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden dies

Dunaden, the 2011 Melbourne Cup winner, has died due to complications following a paddock accident.


The former champion French stayer had been standing at stud in England and his oldest foals are just three-year-olds.


Owned by Sheikh Fahad al Thani from Qatar and trained by Mikel Delzangles, Dunaden was one of the world's best stayers of his generation and is best known for his exciting Melbourne Cup win over Red Cadeaux.


Dunaden, who won 10 of his 46 races and earned more than $9 million prizemoney, also won the Hong Kong International Vase and returned to Australia in 2012 to win the Caulfield Cup.



David Redvers, Sheikh Fahad's Racing Manger said: "Dunaden was a horse of iron constitution with the most exceptional will to win.''


"He gave Sheikh Fahad some fantastic days and was largely responsible for the wider Qatari family becoming involved in horse racing.


"He was the most intelligent thoroughbred I have ever been involved with and we are all incredibly saddened by his death.''


Sheikh Fahd described Dunaden as a "horse of a lifetime".


"Winning the Melbourne Cup is a day I will never forget. He was pure class - consistent, strong and incredibly competitive. It's a terrible loss,'' he said.