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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

'I'll always owe him a lot' - Muscutt shocked by Fanciful Angel's freak death

Daniel Muscutt: paid tribute to Fanciful Angel
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Daniel Muscutt on Tuesday paid tribute to Fanciful Angel following the news that the horse who had given him his biggest moment in the saddle had died in a freak stalls accident.

Muscutt had a close association with the globetrotting Fanciful Angel for much of his career and was aboard the five-year-old when he outran his odds of 73-1 in the Grade 1 Arlington Million in August, going down by half a length to Beach Patrol.

Following that final run for Marco Botti, Fanciful Angel remained in the US with Chad Brown and again finished runner-up to Beach Patrol in Grade 1 company in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park.

But on Sunday bloodstock agent Bradley Weisbord tweeted: "Sad to report we lost Fanciful Angel yesterday in a freak stall accident at Palm Meadows. Very sad for all his connections including previous owners @touchgoldracing."

Remembering Fanciful Angel, Muscutt said: "It came as a bit of a shock. The old owners called me on Sunday afternoon and I'd always said that when he retired he'd have had a home at my mum's place.

"He definitely has a soft spot in my heart. It was a bit of a punt taking him to Arlington in the first place and I was just thrilled they stayed loyal to me and kept me on the horse."

Muscutt enjoyed international success aboard Fanciful Angel at Meydan in January. Recalling that success he added: "That was quite an important win for me as it put me in the spotlight having lost my claim a few months beforehand. You need horses to like that to put you on the map as a young rider. I had a lot to do with him from day one so I'll always owe him a lot."

Fanciful Angel outruns odds to finish runner-up at Arlington


I had a lot to do with him from day one so I'll always owe him a lot
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