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Oaks heroine Bireme is put down aged 25.

Byline: Graham Green

BIREME, the 1980 Oaks winner whose short-lived racing career was ended by injury before she could fully realise her potential, has been put down at the age of 25, writes Graham Green.

The daughter of Grundy had the distinction of giving owner-breeder Dick Hollingsworth, who died last February, his only Classic success.

However, Dick Hern William Richard, 'Dick' Hern, CVO, born January 20th 1921, was a racehorse trainer and winner of sixteen classics between 1962 and 1995, and Champion Trainer on four occasions. He was a St Leger specialist, winning the event six times. , who was aiming Bireme at the St Leger before her retirement, believes the filly's talent was never fully exploited.

Bireme was born and bred Born and Bred is a light-hearted British drama series that aired for four series on BBC One from 2002 to 2005. It was created by Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCrery. The cast was led by James Bolam and Michael French, who played a father and son who run a cottage hospital in  at Arches Hall Stud in Hertfordshire, where manager Steve Lindsay yesterday revealed she had been put down last Thursday because of old age.

She produced 12 foals, the best of whom was Yawl, winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes The Oh So Sharp Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course in late September or early October.  and Rockfel Stakes The Rockfel Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course in October. . The last in the line, a three-year-old named Lakatoi, is in training with Barry Hills Barry Hills, born in April 2, 1937, is a British thoroughbred horse trainer. He lives in Lambourn, England. Biography
Barry Hills had three sons in his first marriage: John, Michael, and Richard. John is a horse trainer, and both Michael and Richard are jockeys.

Bireme made a winning start as a juvenile by landing a 30-runner Newmarket maiden, but had gone in her coat on returning to the same course a few weeks later when beaten into third in the Houghton Stakes. She won the Musidora Stakes on her reappearance in 1980 before beating Vielle vielle (vyĕl), bowed string instrument used throughout Europe from the 13th cent. through the 15th cent. The vielle resembles the violin, of which it is a direct precursor, but it has a longer body and five strings, one of which was used as a drone.  and The Dancer under Willie Carson at Epsom, but never raced again.

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 said: "Bireme was a very, very good filly who never reached her potential because of injury."

Recalling the drama that precipitated her retirement, Hern said: "She got slight tendon trouble in the Oaks and was on the easy list when she got loose on the Downs.

"The lad fell off, got winded and couldn't get up in time to catch her because she stood looking at him. She then took off with her tail in the air and went for home as hard as she could leg it, right across the West Ilsley-East Ilsley road before she crashed in the lane. She cut and bruised herself so badly that she never ran again.

"She had bags of potential and nobody knows quite how good she could have been."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2002
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