Former Top Race Horse Schillaci Put Down

Former champion sprinter Schillaci, one of the most charismatic horses of the past decade, lost his final race yesterday when he was put down after battling ill health for some time.

Schillaci had a degenerative foot complaint and he also had been diagnosed with cancerous tumors that had led to a rapid deterioration in recent weeks.

Since being retired from the track after finishing second to Rouslan in the 1995 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane, Schillaci had been looked after by Anthony Freedman, brother of trainer Lee Freedman.

In the past few years, Schillaci had been enjoying life at the Freedman's pre-training centre St Ives, at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula, and had been used as a "chaperone" for the yearlings before they went into work.

From 36 starts, Schillaci had 16 wins, five seconds and five thirds for $2,319,128 in prizemoney.