The sad announcement of the passing of ex-racehorse Paint came via Contract Racing’s twitter last Thursday afternoon. Aged 26, Paint was the oldest resident at David and Jenny Moodie’s Yungaburra Stud in the Victorian Macedon Ranges.

Sired by Raami (GB) and foaled in early September 1993, the steely, almost black, grey gelding was out of the Luskin Star mare, Colour Chart. He was bred by Contract Racing, who raced him in partnership with Adrian Hancock and the Ferncourt P/L Syndicate (Manager: P Howell).

Paint’s first 2-year-old campaign was an exciting one. He had his first race outing in early January 1996, winning his maiden in an 1100 metre race at Kyneton. He followed this up with an unlucky fifth placing in the Group 2 Breeders Stakes at Morphettville before then winning at Moonee Valley two weeks later.

Connections then made the decision to pay the late entry fee into the Group 1 VATC Blue Diamond Stakes to be run seven days later. Due to track renovations at Caulfield racecourse that year, the race was being held at Flemington. Paint won the race by 3 lengths, beating Flavour and Our Cashel.

From here, the owners then again paid another late entry fee, sending Paint north to Canberra for the Group 2 Black Opal Stakes. The natural speedster won by 2 lengths, another late entry fee was paid, and he continued his journey further north to Rosehill Gardens, to contest the Group 1 STC Golden Slipper Stakes.

Jumping from barrier 8, he was travelling well in front before running into interference just before the turn. He picked himself up to get back to the lead but was run down in the final stages, finishing second behind the Lee Freedman-trained Merlene. In a strange twist, it was only just announced that Merlene also died late last month.

Paint came back in the Spring of 1996 to win the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes first up, however he never quite captured the same winning form he had shown in his two-year-old career. He was retired, aged eight and a lighter shade of grey, following a seventh placing at Sandown in the autumn of 2002. From 49 starts, he won nine races, including four Group and Listed races, placed 16 times and earnt his connections $1,447,970 in prizemoney.

Paint after winning the Black Opal (Jenny Barnes)

Paint is remembered as being a lovely, quiet and well-natured racehorse. Terrific around the stables, he was a fast and eager learner. When he retired from racing, he commenced the retraining process toward a secondary career as a clerk of the course however he didn’t quite take to the change of pace. So he returned to the Moodie’s farm, becoming a nanny to their young horses and living out his years blissfully surrounded by friends.

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