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Overdose dies of colic
HUNGARY'S most famous racehorse Overdose, who was dubbed the Budapest Bullet due to his terrific speed, has died at the age of ten from colic.
Bought for just 2,000gns at Tattersalls by owner Zoltan Mikoczy, the sprinting sensation Overdose put his nation on the racing map during the latter half of the noughties with trips to Longchamp, Baden-Baden, Haydock and Royal Ascot.
Overdose's career was one of class and controversy. Unbeatable in Hungary, his legend grew courtesey of online videos of his destructive wins from the front.
The 'Beast from the East' obtained near mythical status with his romps against lesser opposition, but in 2008 he added real substance to his claim to be Europe's best sprinter when coming home clear in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.
But what should have been a first Group 1 success was snatched from him after Fleeting Spirit's stall failed to open, resulting in a void race. The fact Overdose's winning time was quicker than that clocked by Marchand D'Or when landing the re-run, which Overdose did not contest due to his earlier exersions, only heightened the feeling he had been hard done by. It was a wrong he was never able to right.
A British campaign was mooted for 2009, but a reported foot problem first delayed, and then caused the abortion of that plan. His owner's arrest, along with his trainer Sandor Ribarszki moving country and a further setback all raised the very real fear his blistering speed would not be seen again.
But in July 2010, after 15 months off the track, he returned with victory in Bratislava for new trainer Jozef Roszival. Another victory in Hungary followed before he was stepped into Group 2 company at Baden-Baden and tasted defeat for the first time in the Goldene Peitsche.
His 2011 campaign started with victory in Hoppengarten, and ended with a Group 3 success at Capannelle, with the Budapest Bullet finally making it to Britain in between where he was defeated in the Temple Stakes and King's Stand Stakes.
He was due to start his 2012 campaign on Dubai World Cup night but another injury ended his career.
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