Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh dies aged 29

Rogan Josh winning the Cup under John Marshall
Image: Getty

Melbourne Cup hero Rogan Josh has died aged 29.

The 1999 Cup winner was humanely euthanised on Friday due to complications surrounding a bout of colic.

Living Legends CEO Dr Andrew Clarke declared it “the saddest of sad days”.

“This was a battle that he just could not win. All at Living Legends are heartbroken and our condolences go out to owner Wendy Green and her family, as well as Josh’s many fans from around the world,” Dr Clarke said.

Rogan Josh with his owner Wendy Green in 2015 (Image: Getty)

Rogan Josh was a rags to riches story in racing, bought for a mere $13,000 by Wendy Green before going on to climb the biggest mountain in racing in the spring of ‘99.

He completed the Mackinnon Stakes-Melbourne Cup double that year, having opened as much as 250-1 for the Cup earlier in the spring in what was another masterstroke by legendary trainer – and ‘Cups King’ – Bart Cummings.

Rogan Josh started his racing days in Western Australia for trainer Colin Webster, before the gelding was transferred to Cummings just prior to the 1999 spring carnival for a bid at the Cup.

Ten of his 13 career wins were in WA, before he lit up the Melbourne spring carnival by winning the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield on his way to his famous Flemington double.

Rogan Josh was an incredibly tough horse as we relive his 1999 Melbourne Cup victory 🏆

He was 29 years old. Vale 💙@LivingLegendsAU @FlemingtonVRC

— (@Racing) June 24, 2022


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