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Death of Japan Cup winner Jupiter Island.

JUPITER ISLAND, the first British-trained winner of the Japan Cup, died last Saturday at Bloomsbury Stud at the age of 19.

In all he won 14 races, including the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prix du Conseil de Paris, and the Tote-Ebor Handicap.

Campaigned fearlessly overseas by Newmarket-based Clive Brittain, he also ran third in the Washington DC International and in Santa Anita's Grade 1 San Juan Capistrano Handicap.

In 1986, with a Timeform rating of 126, he ended his career by recording the fastest time run by any British horse in the Japan Cup, beating Allez Milord under a driving ride from Pat Eddery.

Ironically, 14 years ago to the day he died, Jupiter Island had ran in the King George at Ascot, finishing sixth behind Teenoso.

Retired to take up stallion duties, he stood for 11 years in Northamptonshire at the Elms Stud of Richard and Meg Bowers.

Later, due to heart-related problems, he retired to his birthplace, Woburn Abbey, where he spent a happy and contented year.

Brittain had spent 10,000gns to buy the yearling by St Paddy out of Mrs Moss that he was to train for the whole of its career.

Bred by Robin and Henrietta Tavistock and named after the Florida island where they were when he was foaled, Jupiter Island was bought back by the pair in 1984 for pounds 150,000.

Brittain said yesterday: "It is a very sad loss. I have been associated with him for so many years and watched his career as a stallion."

He then reflected on Jupiter Island's major triumphs. "Two great moments were when he won the Ebor Handicap and, at the top, the Japan Cup, where he had to show so much courage and fight every yard to the line. It was so typical of the horse. He was a great fighter."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Ladhams, Suzanne
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 1998
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