Saintly was an Australian thoroughbred racehorse who was named Australia’s champion racehorse in 1997. This was an emotional time for me, sadly being the year of my Mum’s passing but also the year we joyfully welcomed our precious twin boys into the world, both heavenly events.
Saintly was a giant chestnut gelding who won both the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate in the same year (1996), only the fourth horse to have done it at the time, and putting him in the esteemed company of Phar Lap, who achieved the double in 1930. Saintly was trained by master trainer Bart Cummings, who recognised the horse’s potential and, with skill and dedication, sculpted the two year old’s raw talent into a powerful and brilliant racehorse, arguably one of his best and most-remembered. Sadly he broke down with a bowed tendon the following year and was retired. In 2016 Saintly died, aged 24 , Cummings son Anthony tweeting,
“Saintly, the horse from heaven, has gone home. He gave us so much.”
Saintly and Bart Cummings will both forever live in racing folklore; true champions of the racing world.
“I always look on the bright side of everything. If you keep aiming for some goal, you usually get there if you don’t give up.”