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Mad Max - Aintree 8.4.2010

Mad Max: the son of Carole's Legacy was successful in the Manifesto Novices' Chase at Aintree last month

  PICTURE: John Grossick 


Star jumps mare
Carole's Crusader dead

CAROLE'S Crusader, dam of recent Grade 2-winning chaser Mad Max, has died aged 19 foaling a Kayf Tara filly. She also bred the smart hurdler and chaser Carole's Legacy, by Sir Harry Lewis, and dual winner Jayne's Crusader.

Owner Paul Murphy, who kept the mare at his Wychnor Park Stud in Staffordshire, reported on Friday that the foal is fine and a foster mare has been found.

By Faustus, Carole's Crusader was Grade 2-placed over hurdles and a five-time winner over fences, with a peak official rating of 132. She carried the colours of Carole Skipworth, and was trained for the majority of her career by David Gandolfo before Paul Murphy bought her as a broodmare. Skipworth and Murphy are the joint-owners of Mad Max.

Carole's Crusader's biggest wins came in the Charisma Gold Cup at Kempton and the John Doyle Handicap Chase at Ascot. She  also contested a Whitbread Gold Cup and was fifth in a Heineken Gold Cup at Punchestown.

The fine exploits of Carole's Crusader's progeny earned her the TBA Dudgeon Cup as National Hunt Broodmare of the Year in 2008.

Her unraced progeny include a five-year-old horse by Sir Harry Lewis, two and three-year-old fillies by Hernando, and a yearling colt also by Hernando.





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