Star Aussie racehorse Northerly dies at 16

Northerly, pictured in 2004 with jockey Mark Flaherty.
Northerly, pictured in 2004 with jockey Mark Flaherty.

A severe colic attack has claimed the life of star Australian racehorse Northerly, at the age of 16.

Veterinarians attended the two-time Cox Plate winner on Wednesday but were unable to save him. He died at Oakland Park Stud, where he was bred, in Busselton in Western Australia.

Northerly defeated Sunline in two Cox Plates and also won the 2002 Caulfied Cup and two Australian Cups. He won nine Group One races and earned $A9.34 million. He was trained by Fred Kersley, and was a favourite of punters for his ability to win after appearing defeated, and this trait, in combination with his racing colours of yellow, black Maltese Cross and quartered cap earned him the nickname of “The Fighting Tiger”.

Bred in Western Australia, Northerly was by the Nijinsky stallion Serheed from the Bellewater mare North Bell.

As a six-year-old he was named Horse of the Year. At seven he suffered a tendon tear, but returned to the track 12 months later. Sadly he did not return to his best form and was retired.



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