|Died||16th December 2016|
|Owner||Bart Cummings & Dato Tan Chin Nam|
|Australian Cup (1996)
Cox Plate (1996)
Melbourne Cup (1996)
C F Orr Stakes (1997)
|Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (1997)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2017)
|Last updated on 17 May 2017|
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Saintly (21 September 1992 – 16 December 2016) was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse who was named Australia's champion racehorse in 1997. A giant chestnut gelding by Sky Chase out of All Grace (by Sir Tristram), he was bred by his trainer, Bart Cummings, who owned him in partnership with a Malaysian businessman, Dato Tan Chin Nam. In 2017 Saintly was inducted to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
Saintly broke his maiden as a two-year-old, on 19 April 1995, and returned in the latter part of the spring, at three, where he won three races, including the Listed Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington. He opened the new year by defeating the well-performed Juggler in the Expressway Stakes, and won the Australian Cup two starts later. He was then placed behind Octagonal in the Rosehill Guineas, the Mercedes Classic, and the Australian Derby, and finished in front of Nothin' Leica Dane and Filante, in what was considered a vintage crop of three-year-olds.
At four, Saintly was runner-up to Filante in the Warwick and the Chelmsford Stakes, won the Hill Stakes at his third run back, and was surprisingly defeated by Adventurous, Hula Flight, and Nothin' Leica Dane in the Craven Plate and The Metropolitan. In Melbourne, however, he found his best form. He charged home to beat Filante in the Cox Plate and backed up 10 days later for an easy win in the Melbourne Cup. He was just the fourth horse to complete the double in the same year, following Nightmarch (1929), Phar Lap (1930), and Rising Fast (1954), and preceding Makybe Diva (2005).
After missing the Japan Cup through illness, Saintly returned in the Orr Stakes, and came from well back on the home turn to defeat Cut Up Rough. Bart Cummings declared Saintly hadn't yet reached his peak as a racehorse, but he broke down without racing again. Over the next 18 months, Cummings made several attempts to get Saintly back to the track, but without success, and he was retired in July 1998.
Saintly originally resided at Living Legends, the international home of rest for champion horses (open to the public) in Greenvale, Melbourne, Australia, but as of February 2007, Saintly has returned home to Bart Cummings’ Princes Farm in New South Wales.
Saintly died at the age of 24 on 16 December 2016.
|6th||13 Mar 1995||Yootha Hcp||Canterbury||NA||1200 m||54||J. Sheehan||1st – Reload|
|Won||19 Apr 1995||Parry-Oakden Hcp||Randwick||NA||1200 m||52||L. Cropp||2nd – Silver Sheik|
|3rd||13 May 1995||2yo Hcp Restricted||Rosehill||NA||1500 m||54||J. Sheehan||1st – Renaissance Prince|
|4th||3 Jun 1995||Hyundai Hcp||Rosehill||NA||1300 m||53||L. Beasley||1st – Quick Flick|
|Won||23 Sep 1995||No Age Restriction Hcp||Newcastle||NA||1200 m||57||D. McLellan||2nd – Blue Valley|
|2nd||7 Oct 1995||3yo Hcp Restricted||Warwick Farm||NA||1200 m||55.5||J. Marshall||1st – Wavertree|
|Won||21 Oct 1995||3yo Hcp Restricted||Randwick||NA||1400 m||55.5||J. Marshall||2nd – Kidlat|
|Won||4 Nov 1995||Carbine Club Stakes||Flemington||LR||1600 m||53||D. Beadman||2nd – Brackenbury|
|2nd||18 Nov 1995||Sandown Guineas||Sandown||G2||1600 m||55.5||D. Beadman||1st – Peep On The Sly|
|Won||10 Feb 1996||Expressway Stakes||Rosehill||G2||1200 m||53.5||L. Cassidy||2nd – Juggler|
|2nd||24 Feb 1996||Apollo Stakes||Warwick Farm||G2||1400 m||53||J. Powell||1st – Juggler|
|Won||11 Mar 1996||Australian Cup||Flemington||G1||2000 m||52.5||D. Beadman||2nd – Vialli|
|2nd||23 Mar 1996||Rosehill Guineas||Rosehill||G1||2000 m||55.5||P. Payne||1st – Octagonal|
|3rd||30 Mar 1996||Mercedes Classic||Rosehill||G1||2400 m||52||P. Payne||1st – Octagonal|
|2nd||6 Apr 1996||Australian Derby||Randwick||G1||2400 m||55.5||L. Cassidy||1st – Octagonal|
|2nd||25 Aug 1996||Warwick Stakes||Warwick Farm||G2||1400 m||57||D. Beadman||1st – Filante|
|2nd||7 Sep 1996||Chelmsford Stakes||Randwick||G2||1600 m||57||D. Beadman||1st – Filante|
|Won||21 Sep 1996||Hill Stakes||Rosehill||G2||1900 m||57||D. Beadman||2nd – Nothin' Leica Dane|
|2nd||5 Oct 1996||Craven Plate||Randwick||G3||2000 m||57||D. Beadman||1st – Adventurous|
|3rd||7 Oct 1996||Metropolitan Handicap||Randwick||G1||2600 m||54.5||D. Beadman||1st – Hula Flight|
|Won||26 Oct 1996||Cox Plate||Moonee Valley||G1||2040 m||57||D. Beadman||2nd – Filante|
|Won||5 Nov 1996||Melbourne Cup||Flemington||G1||3200 m||55.5||D. Beadman||2nd – Count Chivas|
|Won||8 Feb 1997||C F Orr Stakes||Caulfield||G1||1400 m||57||D. Beadman||2nd – Cut Up Rough|
Sky Chase (NZ)
|Star Way (GB)
|Star Appeal (Ire)
|New Way (GB)
|New Move (GB)|
|Vice Reine (NZ)
|Charming Alibi (USA)|
|Kind Regards (NZ)
|Le Filou (Fr)|
All Grace (NZ)
|Sir Tristram (Ire)
|Sir Ivor (USA)
|Sir Gaylord (USA)|
|Round Table (USA)|
|All My Eye (GB)|
|Ziegfield Lass (Aus)
|Dark Queen (Aus)|
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