Racing loses a giant of the turf as Whobegotyou dies
The much loved and star galloper Whobegotyou passed away Monday morning on his owner Laurence Eales’ Sunbury property.
Trained by Mark Kavanagh, the seven-year old gelding was successful in 10 of his 29 starts ($3.2 million prize money) – 27 of those were contested in group and listed company. He captured the 2008 Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and 2009 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (formerly the Yulumba Stakes) (2000m).
Whobegotyou was a runner-up six times in Group 1 races, including the 2008 Group 1 Victoria Derby in which he was the favourite (beaten by the long-odds outsider Rebel Raider).
A class act throughout his turf career, the son of Street Cry was first past the post in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (’08), The AAMI Vase (’08), the Feehan Stakes (’09 and ‘10), the Blamey Stakes (’11) and the PB Lawrence Stakes (’11).
In Australia’s best race, the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, the then four-year old (’09) Whobegotyou entered the barriers as the $2.80 favourite, however only managed to finish sixth to the three-year old Bart Cummings trained So You Think.
Kavanagh reported post-race that his star attraction was sore in his hindquarters and back. Whobegotyou would back up a year later and run third to So You Think and Zipping.
In addition to his race victories, the chestnut was named as the Australian Champion Three-Year Old in the 2008-09 racing season.
Known for his powerful turn of foot and finishing ability, Whobegotyou’s regular hoop Michael Rodd (all bar two wins) was full of praise upon hearing the sad news:
“The turn of foot that he possessed was outstanding. I don’t think there were many that could match it.
“I never thought I’d be affected by a horse’s passing, but I am a little bit with this bloke because I spent so much time with him from a young age.
“He was an incredible horse.”
Whobegotyou was bred by Lockyer Thoroughbreds in the ACT on 19, August 2005, and later sold at the Sydney Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in 2007 for $19,500 to Mr Eales.
Mr. Eales took to Twitter to pay his tribute to Whobegotyou:
“Goodbye my mate, such a kind soul. In our hearts forever. RIP.” In a later statement, the seven-year olds owner said that, “he was buried with his favourite blue ball.”