Dunaden was one of the fairytale stories of international racing. Bought for €1,500 as a foal, he was originally trained in Germany and changed hands again for just €17,000 two and a half years later having won a claiming race at Strasbourg in France.
He went on to enjoy a glittering career, winning his connections more than £5 million in prize money
His biggest triumph came in 2011 when winning Australia’s greatest race, the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup, before continuing his travels to Hong Kong, where he landed the Hong Kong Vase.
He failed to win a race in the QIPCO British Champions Series but did chase home St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 Investec Coronation Cup.
After that, he continued to hold his own in races all over the world.
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, his owner, said: “In winning the Melbourne Cup, Dunaden gave me the most exciting day’s racing I have ever had.
“He has been a dream horse to own. He has taken us all over the world from Europe to Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia and every time he tries his heart out and runs his race.