Not forgotten: Shantou, Grey Swallow, Racing To Win

Remembering racing figures who died this week

Horse Racing Shantou
Shantou: St Leger winner became leading NH sire. Photo: Burgage Stud

Shantou, 28 John Gosden’s first Classic winner and leading NH sire

GB: Shantou, who has died of old age at 28, was a significant horse in the career of four-time champion John Gosden as the trainer’s first Classic winner, before becoming a leading National Hunt sire.

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed, the son of Alleged was third in the Derby at Epsom in 1996 before beating Epsom runner-up Dushyantor by a neck to win the St Leger under Frankie Dettori.

Shantou also won a pair of G1s in Italy plus the Princess of Wales’s Stakes before becoming a hugely successful NH stallion at Burgage Stud in County Carlow, where he stood for a remarkable 18 seasons.

Grey Swallow, 20 Dual G1 winner in Ireland

USA: Grey Swallow, who died last week from a suspected heart attack, was a dual G1 winner for trainer Dermot Weld, for whom he won the Budweiser Irish Derby under Pat Smullen in 2004.

The grey son of Daylami, who beat Epsom hero North Light in Ireland’s senior Classic, also beat the Arc winner Bago in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh as a four-year-old in 2005. He spent his final years at Willow Hill Equestrian in Virginia.

Racing To Win, 19 Five-time G1 winner in Sydney

Australia: Racing to Win, put down last week at the age of 19, was a five-time G1 winner in Sydney for trainer John O’Shea. The grey gelding won 13 races from 30 starts altogether, his top-level successes coming in the Epsom Handicap, Doncaster Handicap, All Aged Stakes, George Main Stakes and George Ryder Stakes.

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