Liver disease claims Burto’s 4* eventer Newsprint

Newsprint and Chris Burton.
Newsprint and Chris Burton.

Australian four-star eventing horse Newsprint died in Britain on Wednesday at the age of 20 after suffering from liver disease.

The thoroughbred gelding was ridden to win the four-star Australian International Three-Day-Event in Adelaide in 2008, and was second at the Pau 4* in 2011.

Newsprint was from one of Australia’s leading racing families, being by Rubiton and out of the Biscay mare Dream of Kingston, who was out of Kingston Rose. Kingston Rose was the dam of Australia’s champion three-year-old in 1981-32 Rose of Kingston, the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule.

Registered to race as Barrington, as a two-year-old he was tipped by trainer Bart Cummings to be a Golden Slipper prospect.

Newsprint, who was ridden earlier in his career by Christine Bates, had been retired from top-level competition in 2013 and had been doing lower level events with Gary Storer.

“He will always be the most incredible cross country horse I have ever sat on. He is a very special horse to me,” Burton said.

Christine Bates said:  “So sad to be saying goodbye to such a champion horse. Always a superstar. Forever in my memory.”

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