Kid Columbus found dead

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012
Murray Hamilton and Kid Columbus
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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.

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- The Southland Times

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