Irish-trained galloper Vintage Crop, the first European trained winner of the Melbourne Cup, has died at the age of 27.
Trained by Dermot Weld, the son of Rousillon won the 1993 Melbourne Cup, the same year he won the Irish St Legerfor the first time.
Vintage Crop ran in the next two Melbourne Cups, finishing seventh to Jeune in 1994 and third to Doriemus in 1995, after which he was retired.
Vintage Crop’s racing record stood at 16 wins from 28 starts, including two hurdles wins. He was bred in Britain by Bertram and Diana Firestone, from the first crop by Rousillon (by Roverman) and out of the Bustino mare Overplay.
He lived out his retirement as part of the Living Legends attraction at the Irish National Stud, and a life-sized statue of him overlooks the paddock at the Curragh.