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Gold Cup hero Jodami put down after accident.

Byline: By Jon Lees

JODAMI, the 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and multiple winner of Ireland's Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, has died after suffering an accident in his stable at trainer Peter Beaumont's yard.

The horse, who was 23, had been in good health but had to be put down after sustaining an injury from which he could not be saved when he became cast in his box on Monday afternoon.

Jodami spent his retirement between Beaumont's yard in Brandsby, Yorkshire and the family of the late John Yeadon, the horse's owner.

Beaumont said: "He had been in good health and was as well as anything, but he suffered an injury that the vet wasn't able to do anything about.

"I had had him since he was four and he would always spend the winter with me after a summer with his owners. It's very sad.

"He broke the course record at Haydock when he won his second Peter Marsh, and not many can say that about a 12-year-old. It was always good going to Ireland. I felt they thought more of him over there than here, but obviously Gold Cup day was something I had always dreamed about."

Beaumont's daughter Anthea Morshead, paying tribute to a horse who won 18 of his 39 starts and nearly pounds 500,000 in prizemoney, said: "It feels like the end of an era. I was very lucky to get on a horse as good as him.

"I rode him in his bumpers, winning on him at Kelso, and rode him to his first novice chase win there, as well as in most of his work.

"He was very special, always the most complete gentleman. He never did anything wrong and loved going on trips.

"When he went to Leopardstown he would fly over no problem and would eat everything up. He had the perfect temperament for a top horse."

Jodami won five times over hurdles before he switched to fences in 1991-92, winning three of his six starts. But the following season, with Mark Dwyer aboard, he began to take high rank, winning the Mandarin Chase at Newbury, Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock, the Hennessy at Leopardstown and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in which he beat Rushing Wild.

The following season he returned to Leopardstown to claim the second of three Hennessys, but at Cheltenham a misjudgement at the last fence cost him a second Gold Cup and he lost out narrowly to The Fellow.

He continued to race until the 1996-97 campaign, registering a second Peter Marsh Chase win at the age of 12 in January.

Morshead added: "He held his form at the top level and sometimes I think he didn't get the credit he deserved, because he came very close to defending his Gold Cup crown."

Dwyer said: "He was a great horse to win three Irish Gold Cups and a Gold Cup and was unlucky not to win two."

JODAMI'S BIG-RACE WINS

Jan 25, 1992 West of Scotland Pattern Novices' Chase, Ayr

Jan 23, 1993 Peter Marsh Chase, Haydock

Feb 14, 1993 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, Leopardstown

Mar 18, 1993 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cheltenham

Feb 13, 1994 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, Leopardstown

Feb 5, 1995 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, Leopardstown

Jan 18, 1997 Peter Marsh Chase, Haydock

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Jodami (Mark Dwyer, left) battles with The Fellow in a gallant bid for a second Gold Cup
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 3, 2008
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