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Castletown Passes Away

Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Former outstanding Kiwi stayer Castletown has died at the age of 31, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trained by Paddy Busuttin, Castletown (One Pound Sterling-Mona Curragh, by Levmoss) won 16 of his 103 races for over $1.8 million in earnings. The popular galloper won six races at Group 1 level, namely three Wellington Cups, the New Zealand Derby, Auckland Cup and the Caulfield Stakes. He retired to the Cambridge property of Mark and Carlene Jones and shared a paddock with Auckland and Wellington Cups-placed Ebony Honor. "He certainly had a very good retirement. He was spoilt and was in very good condition, even at 31. He had a shampoo yesterday morning before he was put back into his paddock and had a heart attack that afternoon," said Victorian-based trainer Trent Busuttin, Paddy's son. "He was a horse that meant so much to so many people and especially to me. He was Dad's pin-up horse and the horse that gave me the racing bug, following him around in the big races." Busuttin added: "He was an iron horse, so tough and so genuine. Obviously his most memorable win was his third Wellington Cup because by then he was an older horse and past his peak but he was just such a warrior." Castletown also finished third in the 1992 Melbourne Cup behind Subzero and Veandercross.


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