Epsom Dash winner Captain Dunne suffers fatal injury

Tue 8 Aug 2017

Popular sprinter Captain Dunne has died at the age of 12 after suffering a fatal accident in his retirement paddock.

The son of Captain Rio won 12 races from 100 starts for trainer Tim Easterby and owners Middleham Park Racing and was placed on a further 21 occasions.

The biggest victory of his career came in the Investec Dash at Epsom in 2011.

He his final race as an 11-year-old was at Newcastle last November.

Middleham Park racing manager Tim Palin said: "Bought for 30,000 guineas in 2006, he was our most expensive horse at the time and climbed to a career high rating of 108.

"Tim turned him into one of our first very good horses, winning 12 races and £212,000 in prize-money.

"Named after the Manchester City defender Richard Dunne, his memorable victory in the Investec Dash at Epsom on Derby day in 2011 was a day we will never forget and we thank Tim and the team for looking after him so well for so many years.

"We will forever owe him a huge debt of gratitude for helping put Middleham Park Racing on the map and I am very sad hearing this news. Rest in peace Dunny."

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