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Tragic end to Mummify's career -

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(generated from captions) before and done it. This is his

third Caulfield Cup. I'm talking

about Mummify. The Caulfield Cup is

Australia's most important staying

race. Bar the big one. Mummify had

scored once, and this year,

scored once, and this year, Freedman thought he had a big chance to join a

thought he had a big chance to join a small band of greats who'd done a small band of greats who'd done it twice.

In 2003, Mummify had led all the

In 2003, Mummify had led all the way and to the wild cheers of a happy

band of youthful owners and the

jockey riding high in the saddle,

won like a budding champion. The

won like a budding champion. The win came at a critically tough time in

Freedman's career and was followed by more Group

Freedman's career and was followed by more Group 1 wins, including

Freedman's first international

success n the world-rated Singapore

Cup early this year. It's Mummify

Cup early this year. It's Mummify on the outside, just in front of

Phoenix Reach. And Mummify's going

to win it! Mummify for Danny

to win it! Mummify for Danny Nikolic and Lee Freedman! By last Saturday,

Mummify was again in winning form,

but faced his stiffest test -

carrying top weight, starting but faced his stiffest test - carrying top weight, starting from

barrier 17 in an 18-horse field,

barrier 17 in an 18-horse field, and with a fatal vulnerability nobody

could be expected to know about.

Mummify from Eye Copper. But he

Mummify from Eye Copper. But he came within a few metres of pulling it

off anyway. Eye Copper and Mummify,

stride for stride. Mummify coming

back at him. Eye Copper, Mummify back at him. Eye Copper, Mummify and the

back at him. Eye Copper, Mummify and the outside's Roaming ... Then came

disaster. 80m or so past the post,

Mummify dipped his head and nearly

went down. After diagnosing a

shattered knee, vets wanted to put

Mummify down immediately. A

distraught Freedman resisted.

I didn't want 'em doing anything

here, I just said listen give the

horse a bit more time, he is not

distressed, get him over to the

hospital, get him

distressed, get him over to the hospital, get him Band Aidaged up,

and let's see what the damage is.

No-one wants to see that happen.

What's he done? Looks like he

smashed both the bones in his near

get lock. He won't race again?

No, but hopefully we can save him.

But despite desperate efforts 24

hours later Mummify was dead. In

hours later Mummify was dead. In the tradition of the great American

Indian warrior horses of 200 years ago, he

Indian warrior horses of 200 years ago, he was buried standing up, in

ago, he was buried standing up, in a grove of trees on one of the

Freedman farms. Next to another

favourite, champion sprinter

Schillaci. Supposedly, you're

supposed to bury him standing up

facing east to the sun but we sort

of stuffed that up a bit. I think

we're north east the way we've done

it, but anyway ... it's just a nice

custom, I think. The great warrior horses?

custom, I think. The great warrior horses? Yes, that's right. And the

horses of the great chiefs? That's

right. That's right. He was a great

- which is interesting, because my

first horse I ever trained to win a

race was called Sitting Bull!

(Laughs) But he didn't get buried

standing up! You've had some great

champions in past and you have a

champion now. Mummify wasn't a

champion, but he was special,

champion, but he was special, wasn't he? No, he was very special,

he? No, he was very special, because whilst he didn't get all the

adulation that Makybe Diva and

adulation that Makybe Diva and those horses get from the public, he's

very much a champion within the

industry, within the horse racing

business, because I think people

that've been around horse as long while under

while understand how tough they

while understand how tough they have to be to be able to withstand the

travelling that he did and the

number of races he ran in. I mean,

number of races he ran in. I mean, he ran in two Melbourne Cups, he'd

just run in his third Caulfield Cup,

he'd run in the Sydney Cup, all

he'd run in the Sydney Cup, all over extreme distances and all different

track conditions an then any time

track conditions an then any time he travelled he was a terrific

traveller, he'd always go to Sydney

and pick up a race in Sydney when

and pick up a race in Sydney when he was there. Then he went once to

Singapore in May and beat a top

field there. So I think it's pretty

clear to me that a lot

field there. So I think it's pretty clear to me that a lot of the

messages that I've been receiving

are from people within the industry

who really appreciated the horse

who really appreciated the horse for what he was, for his toughness, and

durability, and they're the sort of

horses we all want to get. I was

surprised to read that at time

Mummify came along, you were in

something of a flat spot. You were

having financial troubles. What was

that all about? Well, we'd just

invested heavily into the property

here, and you know,

invested heavily into the property here, and you know, weren't living

on welfare, but things were pretty

tight, and we really needed a horse

like him to come along, not only

like him to come along, not only for the financial side of it, but also

to give this place some impetus and

to get people to accept that this

was, you know, this was a serious

operation and not just a whimsical

thing and I think for all those reasons,

thing and I think for all those reasons, he came - he was the right

horse at the right time and he did

horse at the right time and he did a marvellous job. But by dawn today,

at his Mornington peninsula

at his Mornington peninsula training complex with 100 highly strung

horses to exercise, Makybe Diva

among them, Lee Freedman had tucked

his grief away and got on with the

job. Just take her in. But the last thing Lee Freedman and job. Just take her in. But the last thing Lee Freedman and brother

Anthony need today is more bad news,

and there's a ripple of concern

and there's a ripple of concern when Makybe Diva's track rider returns

with the news that the mighty mare

has thrown a shoe. Fortunately, a

concern that this time can be

quickly dismissed. You've lost

Mummify but you still have Makybe

Diva and there'd be those people

who'd say, shrug it off, you're still one of who'd say, shrug it off, you're still one of the luckiest trainers

in the world but it's not as simple in the world but it's not as simple

as that, is it? There's no doubt

about that. Anyone who's worked

about that. Anyone who's worked with horses as long as we have and

there's plenty of people in the

industry who've been with horses

industry who've been with horses all their lives, any horse that meets

their lives, any horse that meets an end like that is distressing when

they're as good as this horse was,

and perhaps suffered a little bit

from ... from, you knows, having a and perhaps suffered a little bit from ... from, you knows, having a

stablemate like Makybe Diva who

stablemate like Makybe Diva who gets so much attention in terms of

publicity and hype and that sort of

thing, he tended to be in the

shadows a bit. But you look at his

record. It was extraordinary, and

his earnings went into the $5

million mark after Saturday

afternoon, and once again he made a

headline because he went into the

top 10 all-time earners in the

country. So as you said, top 10 all-time earners in the country. So as you said, every step

of the way with him, there's been

headlines. Lee Freedman, thanks for

talking with us. It's a pleasure. That's the program for tonight. We'll be back at the same time tomorrow, but for now, goodnight. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.