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Vintage Crop

Vintage Crop
Sire Rousillon
Dam Overplay
Grandsire Riverman
Damsire Bustino
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1987
Country Ireland
Color Chestnut
Breeder B R & Mrs Firestone
Owner Dr. Michael Smurfit
Trainer Dermot Weld
Record 28: 16-3-3
Earnings £1,150,542
Vintage Crop is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Overplay by Rousillon. He was born around 1987 in Ireland, and was bred by B R & Mrs Firestone.
Major wins
Cesarewitch Handicap (1992)
Curragh Cup (1993, 1995)
Irish St. Leger (1993, 1994)
Melbourne Cup (1993)
Saval Beg Stakes (1994)
Ballycullen Stakes (1995)
Cartier Award for Top Stayer (1993)
Life-size statue at Curragh Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 23, 2007

Vintage Crop (foaled 1987 in Ireland) was a popular Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in flat racing in Ireland, England, and Australia from 1992 to 1995. He won 16 races in Ireland and England, and one of his greatest achievements was winning over two miles and two furlongs in the 1992 Cesarewitch Handicap (3yrs+) at Newmarket, ridden by Walter Swinburn. For his performance in the 1993 racing season he earned the Cartier Award for Top Stayer.

File:Vintage Crop and Danoli in retirement.jpg
In retirement Vintage Crop and Danoli at the Irish National Stud

Vintage Crop also won international fame in 1993 by becoming the first overseas-trained horse to win Australasia's greatest race, the Melbourne Cup[1]. He became a media star and attracted enormous attention every time he ran. In human terms, he was a modern day rock star, and he is commemorated by a statue in the Curragh Racecourse. He returned to Australia for the 1994 and 1995 Melbourne Cups, where he was assigned high weights and finished seventh and third, respectively.

Vintage Crop was trained by Dermot Weld, who returned to Australia in 2002 and again won the Melbourne Cup with the Irish horse Media Puzzle.

Vintage Crop is currently retired at the Irish National Stud in Kildare and can be visited by the public.

See also

  • Millionaire Racehorses in Australia


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