Article Date: 19-May-2012
This year's Cheltenham Festival winner Brindisi Breeze died in the early hours of Saturday morning after getting loose on the public road in Scotland and being hit by a truck.
The six-year-old gelding was trained in Scotland by Lucinda Russell, partner of former champion jockey Peter Scudamore. Brindisi Breeze gave them their biggest success when landing the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. The horse was regarded by many as a potential Gold Cup winner.
Bred by Annette McMahon in Co Limerick, the horse was consigned to the Goffs December Sale as a foal by agent Jim Tenanty and was purchased by Tommy Wade’s Gatterstown Stud in Cashel, Co Tipperary. Wade reoffered him at the 2010 Land Rover Sale but he was led out
unsold at €14,000. Wade then put him in training with Pat Doyle in Holycross and the horse was one of Derek O’Connor’s six winners at Loughrea point-to-point last October.
Sold privately, he made his debut for Lucinda Russell in a Musselburgh bumper a month later and finished second. He was soon winning over hurdles and at Cheltenham, ridden by Campbell Gillies, he defeated the 'Irish banker' Boston Bob by two lengths.
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