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Sire Sky Chase
Dam All Grace
Grandsire Star Way
Damsire Sir Tristram
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1992
Country Australia
Color Chestnut
Breeder Bart Cummings
Owner Bart Cummings & Dato Tan Chin Nam
Trainer Bart Cummings
Record 23: 10-8-3
Earnings A$3,851,765
Saintly is a thoroughbred racehorse out of All Grace by Sky Chase. He was born around 1992 in Australia, and was bred by Bart Cummings.
Major wins
Australian Cup (1996)
Cox Plate (1996)
Melbourne Cup (1996)
C F Orr Stakes (1997)
Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (1997)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 24, 2007

Saintly (foaled 1992) was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse who was named Australia's champion racehorse in 1997. A giant chestnut gelding by Sky Chase out of All Grace (by Sir Tristram), he was bred by his trainer, Bart Cummings, who owned him in partnership with a Malaysian businessman, Dato Tan Chin Nam.

Saintly gained the moniker 'The horse from heaven' due to his name and his partnership with jockey Darren Beadman, who at the time was a proclaimed born-again Christian. Saintly broke his maiden as a two-year-old, on 19 April 1995, and returned in the latter part of the spring, at three, where he won three races, including the Listed Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington. He opened the new year by defeating the well-performed Juggler in the Expressway Stakes, and won the Australian Cup two starts later. He was then placed behind Octagonal in the Rosehill Guineas, the Mercedes Classic, and the Australian Derby, and finished in front of Nothin' Leica Dane and Filante, in what was considered a vintage crop of three-year-olds.

At four, Saintly was runner-up to Filante in the Warwick and the Chelmsford Stakes, won the Hill Stakes at his third run back, and was surprisingly defeated by Adventurous, Hula Flight, and Nothin' Leica Dane in the Craven Plate and The Metropolitan. In Melbourne, however, he found his best form. He charged home to beat Filante in the Cox Plate and backed up 10 days later for an easy win in the Melbourne Cup. He was just the fourth horse to complete the double in the same year, following Nightmarch (1929), Phar Lap (1930), and Rising Fast (1954), and preceding Makybe Diva (2005).

After missing the Japan Cup through illness, Saintly returned in the Orr Stakes, and came from well back on the home turn to defeat Cut Up Rough. Bart Cummings declared Saintly hadn't yet reached his peak as a racehorse, but he broke down without racing again. Over the next 18 months, Cummings made several attempts to get Saintly back to the track, but without success, and he was retired in July 1998. Saintly now resides at Living Legends, the international home of rest for champion horses (open to the public) in Greenvale, Melbourne, Australia.


Group One Wins

Year Race Track Distance
1996 VRC Australian Cup Flemington


1996 MVRC W.S.Cox Plate Moonee Valley


1996 VRC Melbourne Cup Flemington


1997 VATC C F Orr Stakes Caulfield


Group Two Wins

Year Race Track Distance
1996 AJC Expressway Stakes Randwick


1996 STC Hill Stakes Rosehill


Listed Wins

Year Race Track Distance
1995 VRC Carbine Club Stakes Flemington


See also

  • Millionaire Racehorses in Australia



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