Double Champ Obstacle hero Hardy Eustace has actually passed away at the age of 27.
The extremely popular gelding was trained by the late Dessie Hughes to win 14 times in a 48-race profession, consisting of a trio of Cheltenham Celebration triumphes.
Having landed the Royal & & SunAlliance Novices’ Obstacle at Prestbury Park in 2003 under Kieran Kelly, he returned 12 months later on to make all in the Champ Obstacle at 33-1, partnered by Conor O’Dwyer.
Hardy Eustace was a 7-2 joint-favourite for the exact same race in 2005 when revealing incredible fighting qualities to overcome Harchibald and Brave Inca in among the most unforgettable Champ Obstacles of current times.
He was retired from racing in 2009 and had actually been at the Irish National Stud given that 2015.
Hardy Eustace’s owner, Lar Byrne, stated: “It’s an extremely unfortunate day to reveal the death of the legend Hardy Eustace.
” Hardy offered us a lot of big days out and will permanently be kept in mind as an unbelievable horse for all the Byrne household.
” Hardy made us numerous unique pals over his racing profession and retirement. Thanks for all the terrific memories, Hardy.”
Sandra Hughes, child of Dessie, stated: “Hardy was a horse of a life time for my papa. He was a stunning horse with a substantial heart who liked racing. We will treasure the memories.”
O’Dwyer included: “I am really unfortunate to hear the unfortunate news of his death, however he had a fantastic life and terrific retirement. He was a substantial part of my profession and it was an honour to be connected with him.”
Irish National Stud CEO Cathal Beale stated: “That period of Irish two-mile hurdlers; Hardy Eustace, Brave Inca, Harchibald, Macs Happiness and others lives long in the memory and accompanied an upturn in Irish fortunes at Cheltenham that we still see today.
” He was a charming, mild horse who lived out his days getting the best of care from all the group here. He will be deeply missed out on by everybody at the Irish National Stud.”