|Owner||Dr. Michael W. Smurfit|
|Trainer||Dermot K. Weld|
|Ulster Derby (2000)
Geelong Cup (2002)
Melbourne Cup (2002)
Saval Beg Stakes (2006)
|Australian Champion Stayer (2003)|
|Last updated on August 19, 2007|
Media Puzzle was bred by Walter Haefner's Moyglare Stud Farm and owned by Dr. M. W. Smurfit. He was sired by Theatrical, the 1987 U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse, and out of the mare Market Slide by Gulch, the 1988 U.S. Champion Sprint Horse. Media Puzzle is the half brother of Refuse to Bend, a four-time group 1 winning entire by Sadler's Wells.
Plagued by tendon problems throughout his career, after a difficult 2001, Media Puzzle had his best year in 2002. Taken to Australia, his winning time of 2.25.90 in the 2400-metre Geelong Cup broke the course record for the race. He went on to win the 2002 Melbourne Cup with Damien Oliver on board. Oliver's brother Jason had died one week before the Melbourne Cup win in 2002.
- O'Keefe, Eric (2008). The Cup: The remarkable story of the 2002 Melbourne Cup, and Damien Oliver's triumph on Media Puzzle. Docklands, Vic.: Slattery Media Group. ISBN 9780980442014.
- Media Puzzle's pedigree and partial racing stats
- Photos by Quentin J. Lang of Media Puzzle and his 2002 Melbourne Cup win
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