2015 Blue Diamond Stakes Leading Contender Burnstone Passes Away

February 4th, 2015

A leading 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes contender for success after making a successful debut to black type racing last time out, talented two-year-old Burnstone has tragically passed away while working at Cranbourne.

Burnstone has tragically passed away after suffering a suspected heart attack. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Burnstone has tragically passed away after suffering a suspected heart attack. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Having come through his first run; the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) on January 26th in remarkably good condition, trainer Robbie Griffiths had been keeping Burnstone to only a light working regime, in an attempt to keep his mind on the job ahead of the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Completing nothing more than a light gallop, Burnstone reportedly collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack instantly on Tuesday afternoon, almost crushing trackwork rider Ivan Culliver.

Understandably saddened by the passing of the classy two-year-old, Griffiths told TVN Burnstone will undergo a full post mortem to reveal while a young colt in full health would suffer such an untimely demise.

“Why a fit, young colt who was trotting and cantering and had come through his run (Blue Diamond Preview) incredibly well would have a heart attack, I don’t know,” Griffiths said.

“It doesn’t make sense, but these things never do. He was jumping out of his skin, he was just trotting and cantering then fell over and died.

“I’d never been so confident heading into a Diamond. He just came through his run so well.

“It’s an amazing emotional roller-coaster this business. You think what a fairy tale story, we’d found a horse with a stallion’s pedigree for $40,000.

“He’d won his first start so well, we’re looking like we’re a big chance in the Diamond and the ride lasted just a second. We don’t even get the chance to have little Burnstones.

“To just take it off you like that, it doesn’t seem fair. It seems very cruel.”

Jumping from the gates well in the Blue Diamond Preview, jockey Damian Lane settled the son of Redoute’s Choice in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; receiving an ideal run in transit before exploding from the pack late to hit the line three-and-a-half lengths in the clear of closest rival Top Me Up.

Having been booked to take the ride on the youngster in the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes, Lane was also clearly saddened by the passing of the talented prospect.

“It’s a real shame, he had so much more to offer,” Lane said.