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Great NZ mare passes away

It saddens us to learn today that the great mare Horlicks - dam of our Melbourne Cup winner Brew - passed away at Cambridge Stud on Wednesday.

She did, however lead a long and happy life - 28 when she died and always well looked after by her devoted Graham de Gruchy who buried her at his Hawke's Bay property on Thursday.

One of the great race mares of modern times, Horlicks won 17 of her 40 starts, amassing over $3.2 million in stakes and becoming the first Australasian horse to win the Japan Cup - which she did in record time.

A six times Gr.1 winner, Horlicks well and truly made her mark at stud as the dam of not only Brew but of the Gr.2 filly Bubble. And her daughters have fared well also, producing the dual Gr.1 winner Fiumicino and the multiple Group winners My Tusker and Solo Flyer.

She is also the grandam of our very promising mare Platinum Passion whose grey coat gives her a look very much of her grandam.
[25 Aug 11]

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