Day At The Track


10:11 PM 05 Jun 2007 NZST
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One of Australia's finest performers, Preux Chevalier passed away last Sunday (June 2) after a colic related illness claimed his life at the age of 28.

Bred in New Zealand at Tony and Gay Abell's Fernside Stud at Rangiora in September, 1978, Preux Chevalier would go on to reach greatness under the care of West Australian trainer-driver Barry Perkins.

wned by Ken and Wendy Lavin the son of Lumber Dream and Heather Frost (Thurber Frost-Heather Mary) would go on to reach hero status in the west.

uring the course of his wonderful career, Preux Chevalier or 'The Frog' as he become known as, contested 53 races for 40 wins and nine placings.

s a result the entire completed his career with $791,331 in prizemoney to his credit.

he east coast of Australia received their first close-up look at the 'wonder horse from the west' when Preux Chevalier arrived at Harold Park for the running of the 1984 Miracle Mile.

n the strength of his record and outstanding repuatation, Preux Chevalier contested the 18th running of the great race as an odds-on favourite.

owever, the rumour mill was working over time during the week leading into the Miracle Mile concerning the fitness of Preux Chevalier.

he end result was a 'fairytale' win to Double Agent and Joe Ilsley, with the pair accounting for Bundanoon and Thor Lobell.

s for Preux Chevalier the 'wonder from the west' finished last.

ollowing the running of the Miracle Mile in January, Preux Chevalier returned home, prior to returning for the running of the Winfield Cup at Moonee Valley in December.

reux Chevalier would contest a further 13 races on the east coast, with the champ returning home each time as a winner, commencing with his win in the Winfield Cup.

ix weeks later Preux Chevalier and Perkins headed back to Harold Park for a tilt at the 1985 Miracle Mile.

fter racing well below expectations and, leaving the locals with a sour taste in their mouth in 1984, Preux Chevalier produced one of those special efforts this time around in scoring by nine metres.

tarting an 11-8 favourite to take the title, Preux Chevalier was driven to perfection by Perkins, who cuddled 'The Frog' behind the speedy Dyama, before giving the entire more rein on straightening for home.

alf-way down the famous Glebe straight and the Miracle Mile was all over for another year.

reux Chevalier defeated Paleface Bubble and Wondai's Mate in a time of 1:56.7, which established a new race record.

reux Chevalier went from 'villain to hero' in the space of 12 months.

wo weeks after claiming the Miracle Mile, Preux Chevalier then defeated Wondai's Mate and Panyan in the 2400 metre A G Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley.

week later the Inter Dominion series 'kicked off' at Moonee Valley, with Preux Chevalier winning each of his three heats, en route to taking the 1985 trophy over Village Kid and Game Oro.

fter his illustrious career came to an end, Preux Chevalier then embarked on a stud career.

he champs first crop of 2-year-old's made their initial appearance at the races during the 1989/1990 season.

reux Chevalier was one of 13 foals to Heather Frost.

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