Vintage Crop, the first import to win the Melbourne Cup back in 1993, has today died in Ireland. He was 27 years old and had been the oldest living Cup winner.

He was retired from racing after running third behind Doriemus in 1995 in the Melbourne Cup and has lived out his days as a national hero at the Irish National Stud.

Vintage Crop, trained by legendary Irish trainer Dermot Weld, was the first international raider to win our great race and literally paved the way for the influx of international gallopers that now arrive in Melbourne every Spring Carnival.

Like Makybe Diva, our three-time Cup heroine, Vintage Crop has been remembered at the famous Irish racecourse The Curragh, with a life-like statue for all future racing generations to admire and remember