ONE of the modern day greats is sadly lost to the industry.
On the eve of stud season, where he was to stand for New South Wales-based Yirribee Stud, Courage Under Fire was put down after shattering a leg.
Vets delivered the devastating news after inspecting the stallion, which appears to have lashed out and broken his leg while in his stable.
Arguably the greatest juvenile produced in the Southern Hemisphere, Courage Under Fire won his first 24 starts, including six Derbys.
His winning streak remains a New Zealand record.
Making a smooth transition to open company, the son of In The Pocket captured the South Australia Cup, Queensland Championship and Australian Pacing Championship – all Grand Circuit events.
He also finished second in the Victoria Cup and Miracle Mile and was fourth in the 2001 Inter Dominion at Albion Park.
Courage Under Fire was retired with 41 wins and four seconds from 56 starts for earnings of $1,485,629.
Courage Under Fire emulated his racing deeds at stud, with his progeny including reigning Inter Dominion champion, Smolda, along with Sires’ Stake winners Dont Hold Back and Stars Of Courage and boom four-year-old General Dodge.
- PAUL COURTS