Legendary Cox Plate champion dies

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The Cox Plate champion of 2008, Maldivian, died connected Monday aged 18.

Trained by Mark Kavanagh and the lad of starring New Zealand and Australian champion sire, Zabeel, Maldivian was a victor of 9 races from 30 starts

A victor of 3 radical 1 races - the 2008 Cox Plate, the 2009 C.F. Orr Stakes and the 2007 Yalumba Stakes - Maldivian went connected to triumph much than $2.8 cardinal successful full vocation prize money.

The gelding was forced into status successful 2009 pursuing a tendon wounded suffered during trackwork.

It's understood Maldivian spent his last years surviving retired arsenic a paddock nanny astatine Victoria's Cityview Farm.

Maldivian ridden by Michael Rodd wins contention 8 Tatts Cox Plate during the 2008 Cox Plate Day gathering astatine Moonee Valley Racecourse connected October 25, 2008 successful Melbourne, Australia. (Getty)

"Maldivian's sanction is everlastingly etched connected the Legends Wall present astatine The Valley and helium volition beryllium remembered fondly for his achievements connected the track," Moonee Valley Racing Club wide manager racing Alastair Dwyer said.

A Moonee Valley Racing Club connection read: "The Moonee Valley Racing Club were saddened contiguous to perceive astir the passing of 2008 W.S. Cox Plate champion Maldivian.

"Maldivian was a victor of 9 races from 30 vocation starts, winning 3 Group 1 races and amassing $2,821,800 successful prize money, and his triumph successful the 2008 Cox Plate remains 1 of trainer Mark Kavanagh's top achievements.

"Maldivian was a terrific gelding who was unbeaten from 3 starts implicit 2040m astatine The Valley, and his all-the-way triumph successful the 2008 Cox Plate is simply a show we volition ne'er forget."

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