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Champion Sunline Euthanased

Champion mare Sunline has been euthanased early this morning after a lengthy struggle with Laminitis.

Sunline Winning the 2000 Cox Plate
Sunline Winning the 2000 Cox Plate
Photo by Bronwen Healy

The amazing mare trained by Trevor McKee and son Stephen had been battling Laminitis for approximately nine months.

A number of options were exhausted in trying to nurse Sunline back to health to little avail before the McKee family made the decision to euthanase the popular Sunline at her Takinini home in New Zealand early this morning.

One of the measures was to bring a world renowned expert on Laminitis, Ric Redden, to visit Sunline on Monday where he reported the great mare had lost all quality of life due to the hoof disease.

Stephen McKee addressed the local media on the tragic loss earlier today and on what Sunline gave to racing throughout her stellar career.

"We will miss her terribly," McKee said, "We have taken the only decision available, acting on the best advice that could be obtained worldwide."

"Sunline will forever be a part of Australasian racing folklore and it has been a privilege being associated with such a champion who we will always consider a part of our family."

A privilege to watch her race, Sunline leaves us with many great memories having amassed 13 Group 1 victories.

Sunline captured the hearts of racegoers as she regularly demolished top class Group 1 fields, case in point being her unforgettable seven length win in the 2000 Cox Plate for back to back successes in the event.

She also won The Doncaster, Coolmore Classic and All Aged Stakes each on two occasions.

Inducted into both the Australian and New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame, Sunline retired from racing in 2002 with 32 wins and 12 placings to her credit along with prizemoney in excess of $11million from 48 starts.

Sunline, 14, will be laid to rest at Ellerslie Racecourse in New Zealand where a memorial will be erected in honour of the courageous mare.

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