Unencumbered Passes Away at Six

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Unencumbered | Three Bridges Thoroughbreds

Australian Group 3 winner and young sire Unencumbered (Aus) (Testa Rossa {Aus}–Blizzardly {Aus}, by More Than Ready), who stood at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Eddington, Victoria, Australia, has died, Three Bridges announced via Twitter on Tuesday. The Jeep Magic Millions 2-Year-Old Classic hero succumbed to complications from throat surgery to treat progressive chondritis.

“Unencumbered was a special horse with such a great personality, everyone that has ever come in contact with him will miss him terribly,” Peter Liston of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds told Racing And Sports. “He put his trainer Bjorn Baker on the map and his memorable win in the 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast, with Nathan Berry in the saddle, was a fairytale result for his big group of owners.”

Trained by Bjorn Baker, the bay won half of his 10 starts as a juvenile, beginning at first asking, in a Randwick 1000-metre maiden in October of 2013. After a third going 1100 metres in a Rosehill plate race, he then won his next four starts in succession, among them the Wyong Magic Millions 2-Year-Old Classic and Doomben’s G3 J.J. McLachlan S. both in December of that year, before his A$2-million win on the Gold Coast in January of 2014. Runner-up in the G2 Todman S. later that season, Unencumbered was retired to Three Bridges with $1,720,909 in earnings.

Out of Australian SW and Group 2 third Blizzardly (Aus) (More Than Ready), Unencumbered’s third dam is SW and MGSP Sober Dancer (Aus) (Noalcoholic {Fr}). His first foals are 2-year-olds, and he stood for A$11,000 this past season.

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