saintly adj : marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint; "angelic benificence"; "a beatific smile"; "a saintly concern for his fellow men"; "my sainted mother" [syn: angelic, angelical, beatific, saintlike, sainted]
EtymologyFrom saint + |-ly (adjective suffix)
Saintly (foaled 1992) was a champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred by legendary trainer Bart Cummings who owned him in partnership with Malayasian businessman Dato Tan Chin Nam.
A chestnut son of Sky Chase from the Sir Tristram mare All Grace, Saintly provided Cummings with his 10th victory in the Melbourne Cup.
Saintly gained the moniker the "Horse from Heaven" due to his name and his partnership with jockey Darren Beadman who at the time was a proclaimed born-again Christian who the following year announced his retirement to serve God.
The winner of only one of his four two-year-old starts, Saintly then came across a vintage crop of three-year-olds in the 1995-96 season that included Octagonal, Nothin' Leica Dane and Filante. Despite narrow defeats by Octagonal in the STC Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby, he still won five races including the Group One VRC Australian Cup.
It was the following season that Saintly stood out, when he won the 1996 Cox Plate (defeating Filante and All Our Mob) and the Melbourne Cup thus joining Nightmarch (1929), Phar Lap (1930), Rising Fast (1954), and Makybe Diva (2005) as the only horses to capture these races in the same year.
Following a spell, he recorded a magnificent win in the VATC C F Orr Stakes and great things were expected. Saintly looked hopelessly placed on the home turn but he ran down down the sprinters. Cummings declared Saintly hadn't yet reached his peak as a racehorse.
Saintly was voted the 1997 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year.
The expectations were short-lived, as he damaged a tendon in training and, despite many efforts to return him to the track, he never recovered and was retired in July 1998.
Saintly was retired to Living Legends, the international home of rest for champion horses (open to the public) in Greenvale, Melbourne, Australia.
Group 1 Wins
Group 2 Wins
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