Kid Columbus found dead
Grand National Hurdles winner Kid Columbus was found dead in a 120-hectare spelling paddock near the border bewteen New South Wales and Victoria last week.
The Central Otago-owned Kid Columbus went to Victoria after winning the Great Western Hurdles at Riverton in May. He injured a tendon and eventually had to be spelled without a start in Victoria.
Omakau trainer Murray Hamilton intended to bring the 9-year-old back into work in Victoria in the next two or three weeks.
''I've had him since a 4-year-old, he taught me a lot,'' Hamilton said.
Kid Columbus's best win came in last year's Grand National Hurdles at Riccarton. Five of his 11 wins were over hurdles, including a success, carrying 73kg, in a restricted open at Riverton in May.
Riverton was a happy hunting ground for the gelding, with nine starts there producing three wins and a third over hurdles and a flat win at odds of 103 to one. Kid Columbus won the Oamaru Cup last year.
- The Southland Times