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Racing: Gold Cup second Cybrandian dies at 28.

CYBRANDIAN, runner-up to The Thinker in the 1987 Cheltenham Gold Cup and a winner of 14 races, has died aged 28.

Cybrandian, who had been looked after by amateur rider Claire Dyson for the past 17 years, is best remembered for his front-running performance as a 25-1 outsider under Chris Grant in the snow-hit Gold Cup.

The Peter Easterby-trained gelding, who habitually belted a fence or two, went into the race on the back of three non-completions, having unseated his rider in the Irish Gold Cup when leading, but ran the race of his life in going down by just a length and a half at Cheltenham.

Earlier that season, he had won the Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow, and he also finished runner-up to Gold Cup winner Forgive 'n Forget on three occasions, in the Charlie Hall, Tommy Whittle and Edward Hanmer chases. He subsequently won the following season's Charlie Hall Chase.

Cybrandian started his career on the Flat without winning for Easterby, but he took to jumping, winning five hurdle races in his first season.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Jan 24, 2006
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