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Presvis, Meydan 4 March 2010

Presvis (left): won over £4million in win and place prize-money

  PICTURE: Andrew Watkins/DRC  

Globetrotting star
Presvis dies after colic

PRESVIS, the highest-earning British-trained gelding of all time, died on Wednesday after suffering colic.

Trained by Luca Cumani for Leonidas Marinopoulos, the eight-year-old collected £4,318,943 in win and place prize-money during his five seasons racing topped by victory in last year's Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night.

As a gelding, Presvis was campaigned mainly abroad by Cumani after establishing himself in Britain where his biggest success came in the John Smith's Stakes at Newbury in 2008.

The son of Sakhee went on to race at Nad Al Sheba, Sha Tin - where he scored in the Group 1 Audemars Piquet QEII Cup - Kranji and Meydan. He raced in Britain once in the last three years and was retired in the spring after trailing home in this year's Dubai Duty Free.

Writing on Twitter, Charlie Henson, assistant trainer to Luca Cumani, said: "Very sad to hear that my old friend and airmiles partner Presvis has died. 75,000 airmiles and £4.3m in prize-money.

"Presvis sadly died of colic. He still remains the highest-earning British-trained horse of all time. Great times."

He added on Sky Racing Radio: "He was an amazing horse for us and it's very sad. He was in France enjoying his retirement but sadly he won't be able enjoy the time he deserved."

Presvis excelled ridden with extreme restraint, usually dropped right out at the back of the field before weaving through runners, often under jockey Ryan Moore who partnered him to seven of his eight wins.

 
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