Last year’s Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker has dropped dead at trainer Greg Eurell‘s Cranbourne stables this afternoon after a bad reaction to a routine medical treatment.

Pinker Pinker

Cox Plate champion mare Pinker Pinker passed away today - photo (c) Taron Clarke

The four year old mare was a one of the chances in Saturday’s Group 1 $400,000  Inglis Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and Eurell was hoping she would bounce back to winning form after finishing sixth to Shoot in the Group 1 $350,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farmon March 10

Pinker Pinker had earned over $2.5m in her career, mainly due to her win in the Group 1 $3m Tatts Cox Plate (2040m) when ridden by Craig Williams, beating Jimmy Choux and Rekindled Interest .

Her other wins included the 2011 Group 2 $180,000 Angus Armanasco (1400m) for fillies at Caulfield, the 2011 Group 3 $150,000 Schweppervesence Trophy for Fillies and Mares (1600m) at Flemington and the Group 2 $200,000 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

The Queen Of The Turf Stakes was to be Pinker Pinker’s third run back from a spell and Eurell was aiming her towards the Group 1 $2m Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 21.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.