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Media Puzzle

Media Puzzle
Sire Theatrical
Dam Market Slide
Grandsire Nureyev
Damsire Gulch
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1997
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Moyglare Stud
Owner Dr. Michael W. Smurfit
Trainer Dermot K. Weld
Record 20: 6-1-6
Earnings US$2,592,706 (equivalent)
Media Puzzle is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Market Slide by Theatrical. He was born around 1997 in the United States, and was bred by Moyglare Stud.
Major wins
Ulster Derby (2000)
Geelong Cup (2002)
Melbourne Cup (2002)
Saval Beg Stakes (2006)
Australian Champion Stayer (2003)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 19, 2007

Media Puzzle (May 7, 1997 - June 22, 2006), foaled in the United States was an Irish[1] horse bred by Walter Haefner's Moyglare Stud Farm and owned by Dr. M. W. Smurfit. He was sired by Theatrical, the 1987 U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse, and out of the mare Market Slide by Gulch, the 1988 U.S. Champion Sprint Horse. Media Puzzle is the half brother of Refuse to Bend, a four time group 1 winning entire by Sadler's Wells.

At age three, Media Puzzles best showings were third place finishes in the Gallinule and St. Leger Stakes.

Plagued by tendon problems throughout his career, after a difficult 2001, Media Puzzle had his best year in 2002. Taken to Australia, his winning time of 2.25.90 in the 2400-metre Geelong Cup broke the course record for the race. He went on to win the 2002 Melbourne Cup[2] with Damien Oliver on board. Oliver's brother Jason had died a few weeks before the Melbourne win in 2002. [3]

Media Puzzle was put down after shattering a leg at the Ascot Gold Cup. [4]

See also

  • Millionaire Racehorses in Australia


  1. Damien Oliver recalls miracle Herald Sun, retrieved 2006-09-07
  2. 2002 Melbourne Cup result
  3. Media Puzzle wins emotional Melbourne Cup ABC news online, retrieved 2006-09-07
  4. Media Puzzle is put down at Ascot - The Border Mail, 2006-06-24


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