Derby hero Lammtarra dies aged 22
Published 07/07/2014 | 16:04
Lammtarra, the unbeaten winner of the Derby, King George and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1995, has died at the age of 22.
Trained by the late Alex Scott as a two-year-old, he won the blue riband at Epsom in the care of Saeed bin Suroor after Scott was tragically murdered in September 1994, a month after the son of Nijinsky had won the Washington Singer at Newbury.
He raced in the name of Sheikh Mohammed's nephew Saeed Maktoum al Maktoum as a juvenile before being part of Godolphin in his Classic season, which saw him add the two all-aged middle-distance championships of Europe to his Epsom laurels.
Darley said the chestnut passed away in his sleep at Dalham Hall Stud on Sunday following a short illness.
Stud director Liam O'Rourke told www.darleyeurope.com: "Lammtarra was a horse that was very close to Sheikh Mohammed's heart.
"He was very intelligent, a true gentleman and never gave anyone a moment's trouble.
"Sadly, this was his time to go and we are pleased that he passed away comfortably. He will be missed by everyone here at Dalham."
Lammtarra was ridden by Walter Swinburn at Epsom, and still had lots of ground to make up at the three-furlong pole before cutting down the field to win by a length from Tamure and Frankie Dettori in a course-record time.
Dettori was to take over in the King George at Ascot, where the pair accounted for Pentire by a neck.
It was then to Paris and Longchamp for the Arc, where a dream season was completed with a three-quarter-length triumph from Freedom Cry.
From just four starts, Lammtarra earned over £1.25million in winning prize money.
Bin Suroor told Press Association Sport: "It is very sad. He is one of the best horses I have trained.
"He won the Epsom Derby, the King George and the Arc. Very few horses have managed to win those three races.
"He was a great horse, it is sad to lose him and we will miss him, but he will be remembered forever."