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Better Loosen Up Passes Away

Thursday, 17th March 2016

Champion Australian racehorse Better Loosen Up (Loosen Up-Better Fantasy, by Better Boy) has died at the age of 30, reports Racing.com. He passed away peacefully in his paddock at Living Legends in Victoria on Tuesday night. Crowned Horse of the Year in 1991 and inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame in 2004, the son of the Nearco (ITY) line stallion Loosen Up retired in 1993 with the remarkable record of 17 wins from 45 starts for a then record $3,481,000 in prize money (not including his Japan earnings). Best known as the first, and only, Australian-trained horse to ever win the prestigious Japan Cup in 1990 - the New Zealand-trained Horlicks won a year earlier in 1989 - Better Loosen Up won a total of 8 races at Gr1 level including the Cox Plate, Australian Cup and Mackinnon Stakes to write his name into Australian racing folklore. Trainer David Hayes paid the ultimate tribute to Better Loosen Up describing him as the best horse he ever threw a saddle over. "He was my favourite horse, and the best horse I've trained," Hayes said. "He launched my training career...he beat the best in the world, and was a real class horse." He added: "He was such a quiet old gentleman." 

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Colin & David Hayes with Better Loosen Up (image: Steve Hart)
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