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On this day - April 19

Tim Barton
19 April 2020
Dundeel ended his outstanding race career on a high when winning the A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, on this day in 2014.

The Cambridge galloper had been placed in his three lead-up races and peaked for the Group I Queen Elizabeth (2000m), the richest race at the Sydney spring carnival.

Dundeel was retired to stud following his four-year-old campaign but still earned more than $6 million on the track and has continued to reward his shareholders since standing at Arrowfield Stud, in New South Wales.

The High Chaparral entire has served at least 120 mares in each of his six seasons at stud and served 209 mares in 2019, at an advertised fee of A$60,000.

Dundeel was trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and bred and owned in New Zealand but did all his three and four-year-old racing in either Sydney or Melbourne.

His sole race start in New Zealand was as a two-year-old when he came from the tail of the field to win a 1200m juvenile at Ellerslie, at odds of $11.20. That was enough to persuade Baker that he had a horse of rare ability and from there the stable focused on the big money available across the Tasman.

Dundeel recorded 10 wins and seven placings from his 19 starts and his only unplaced runs were in the Victoria Derby, when a $2.70 favourite, and in the Cox Plate, when also favourite.

He won six Group I races and Sunline and Rough Habit are the only New Zealand-trained horses to have won more Group I races in Australia.

Dundeel is also one of just two horses – Octagonal is the other - to win the Sydney Three-Year-Old Triple Crown, comprising the Randwick Guineas (formerly Canterbury Guineas), Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby, since the Derby was transferred to an autumn date in 1979.

Dundeel frequently dominated his rivals, winning the Australian Derby by six lengths and the Rosehill Guineas by 6.8 lengths and started at $1.28 in the Derby.

He was the runner-up to Reliable Man in the Queen Elizabeth as a three-year-old and returned to conquer a quality field a year later, beating Sacred Falls, Epsom Derby placegetter Carlton House and Silent Achiever.

Dundeel also did much to benefit the careers of his regular jockey James McDonald and strapper Emily Murphy.

McDonald rode Dundeel in all bar one of his races, and all of his wins and the horse kept McDonald in the limelight when the Kiwi jockey first made a permanent move to Sydney.

Murphy, who is now married to Opie Bosson, also gained a public profile through her association with Dundeel, which helped pave the way for her switch to a career in media

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