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Generous wins Epsom Derby 1991

Generous storms to victory under Alan Munro in the 1991 Derby

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1991 Derby winner Generous dies aged 25

GENEROUS, who established himself as a true great when winning the Derby, Irish Derby and King George in the summer of 1991, has died at the age of 25.

A chestnut colt by Caerleon, Generous was trained by Paul Cole for Fahd Salman and made a winning debut over 5f in the May of his two-year-old season.

He was well beaten in the Group 1 Prix Morny, but won at Sandown before springing a 50-1 shock in the Dewhurst.

He finished a creditable fourth in the 2,000 Guineas in 1991 before earning star status at Epsom.

Sent off a 9-1 chance for the Derby, the Barronstown Stud-bred colt stormed to a five-length victory before accounting for French ace Suave Dancer in the Irish equivalent.

Arguably the best was yet to come as Generous crushed his rivals in the King George, winning by seven lengths which was a record at the time.

His career ended on a low note when he was eighth of 14 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe behind Suave Dancer, but that farewell could not dim the lustre of his victories.

He retired to stud as a champion three-year-old with a record of six wins from 11 starts, that yielded £1,119,943 in prize-money.

Official handicappers rated him the best horse in the world in 1991 with a rating of 137, although when they met for the release of the 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings on Tuesday it was revealed that figure had been downgraded to 136.

He stood at Alfred Buller's Scarvagh House Stud in Northern Ireland, producing German Group 1 winner Catella, but his career as a stallion failed to match his exploits on the racecourse.

"He was unbelievably intelligent for a horse, kind and truly regal," Buller said on Tuesday.

"He will be sadly missed and, to all involved with him, it has been a privilege to have cared for him and looked after him
during his last period of life."

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