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Madison Du Berlais - Kempton - 7 Feb 09

Tom Scudamore taunts Denman as Madison Du Berlais wins at Kempton

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Hennessy hero Madison dies of colic aged 12

MADISON DU BERLAIS, one of the stars of the 2008-09 jumps season when he captured the Hennessy Gold Cup and became the first horse to defeat Denman over fences, has died of colic aged 12.

Trained by David Pipe for owners Roger Stanley and Yvonne Reynolds, Madison Du Berlais was a ten-time winner but was never better than when taking three major prizes during 2008 and 2009.

Madison Du Berlais' first big win came in the 2008 Hennessy at Newbury with a three-length success over Air Force One. It was also the race in which Big Buck's suffered his last loss when he unseated jockey Sam Thomas at the final fence.

Following his Newbury success, Madison Du Berlais went on to inflict defeat on Denman, who was running for the first time since suffering from a heart complaint, in the rearranged Levy Board Chase at Kempton in February 2009 with jockey Tom Scudamore turning around and taunting his beaten rival in the final few strides.

His final victory came in the Grade 2 Totesport Bowl Chase at Aintree in April 2009 although he ran several creditable races in defeat, including a second in the 2009 King George VI Chase, before being retired shortly before Christmas in 2011.

Pipe, writing in his blog, said: "I am sorry to report Madison Du Berlais has passed away at the age of 12 after suffering a bout of colic. 

"Madison was a great favourite in the yard and we enjoyed many happy times with him since buying him from a French claimer. His 2008-9 season in particular was stellar with memorable victories not only in Newbury's showpiece but also at Kempton, where he demolished Denman, and Aintree in the Totesport Bowl. He was retired from racing after his final run in December 2011 and had been enjoying himself competing in dressage events."

Madison Du Berlais won ten of his 51 starts and was placed in 17 races collecting £470,379 in win and place prize-money.

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