Champion colt Generous has died at Scarvagh House Stud in Ireland. He was 25.
Generous (Caerleon) was a G1 winner of the 1990 Dewhurst Stakes and the following year emerged as a superstar defeating Marju by five lengths in the English Derby before accounting for French colt Suave Dancer in the Irish Derby.
The Paul Cole trained colt then reached a career-high with a seven length demolition of his rivals in the King George at Ascot. Owner Fahd Salman retired him after an unplaced run in Suave Dancer’s Arc de Triomphe.
Generous (Ire) was given a rating of 137 for his exploits as a three year-old and that ranked him as the best horse in the world in 1991.
He stood at Banstead Manor and Plantation Stud in England and, apart from a stint in Japan, was also based in New Zealand at Glamorgan Stud and Westbury Stud.
Although his record as a stallion didn’t reach the levels of his career at the races, Generous sired 44 stakes winners and the best of his Australian-NZ stock was Our Lukas who won two Ipswich Cups and a Seymour Cup.
“Generous was unbelievably intelligent for a horse, kind and truly regal,” Scarvagh House owner Alfred Buller said. “It has been a privilege to have cared for him during the last period of his life.”
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