Pinker Pinker: winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley racecoursePICTURE: Getty Images
Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker dies
Australia: Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker has died after sufferinga reaction to a routine treatment.
The Greg Eurell-trained four-year-old was due to contest the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Victoria-based Eurell stable told Sydney stewards of the mare's sudden death on Wednesday.
"She was just getting her last-minute treatments [before her road trip]," said Sara Ashworth, the Eurell stable's racing administrator, quoted in The Australian.
"She's had the same injection 100 times before probably in the last couple of years."
It appears Pinker Pinker collapsed after a needle pricked her skin and there had been no warning of trouble.
"It'sjust an anaphylactic reaction, basically. The vet was giving her a needle and that was it," Ashworth said.
"Everyone around here is in shock and Greg is absolutely devastated and in no fit state to talk to anybody. He is not in racing just for racing. He loves his horses. The horses mean a lot to him. He's gutted. It's a very sad stable."
Pinker Pinker was also Group 1-placed in the 2011 Australian Oaks and earned more than $2.6 million in prizemoney.