Death of Champion Chase hero Deep Sensation.
DEEP SENSATION, one of the best two-mile chasers of the 1990s and winner of the 1993 Queen Mother Champion Chase, has died in an accident at his retirement home at the age of 18.
The chestnut gelding, who ran at six successive Cheltenham Festivals, picking up prize-money on four occasions, was trained throughout his illustrious career by Josh Gifford.
The former trainer paid tribute
yesterday. He said: "Along with Bradbury Star he would probably be the best I trained. Deep Sensation probably had more class but he was such an old pro he would keep a bit back for himself. He was a good horse on his day, but if it wasn't his day he would save it for another day."
Owner and racecourse steward Robin Elliott revealed how his horse's retirement came to an abrupt end on Tuesday at the West Sussex yard of Janine Jones, who looked after him.
He said: "He simply slipped in the field on the hard ground after it had been raining and broke his leg. He was very fit and well and it is extremely sad as he was not that old.
"He had enjoyed a good life since being retired after that amazing Mumm Melling Chase in 1995 when he lost by the shortest of short heads to Viking Flagship, with Martha's Son third. He had some epic battles with Viking Flagship but I would say that was the finest jumps race I have ever seen.
"We think he hurt himself at the
final fence because there was some heat in his leg afterwards and he had a minor operation, which is why we retired him.
"Deep Sensation was a cunning old pro, but the way Declan Murphy rode him - invariably travelling with a double handful - was a joy to behold."
Gifford added: "He was unlucky to come up against Viking Flagship in the same era. His Champion Chase triumph would have to be the
highlight of his career for me."
Deep Sensation, who cost 29,000gns at Doncaster Sales, won 13 of his 49 starts, finishing second 15 times and third on seven occasions to earn pounds 359,023 in prize-money.
Other major successes included Newbury's Tote Gold Trophy Hurdle, Ascot's PML Lightning Novices' Chase and H & T Walker Gold Cup, Aintree's Mumm Melling Chase and Cheltenham's Mitsubishi Shogun Chase.
Deep Sensation ran in three successive Champion Chases finishing first, third and second respectively.
Deep Sensation jumps the last under Declan Murphy en route to victory in the 1993 Champion Chase
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 27, 2003|
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