Lammtarra dies, aged 22

  • Last Updated: July 7 2014, 18:10 BST

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.

Lammtarra: A superstar of the 1995 campaign
Lammtarra: A superstar of the 1995 campaign

Saeed bin Suroor led the tributes he described the Classic hero as a horse who will be "remembered forever".

Trained by the late Alex Scott as a two-year-old, he won the blue riband at Epsom in the care of 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 becoming part  of his uncle's fledgling Godolphin venture in his Classic season, which saw him add the two all-aged middle-distance championships of Europe to his Epsom laurels.

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."

Darley said the chestnut was put to sleep at Dalham Hall Stud 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.

Sheikh Mohammed's long-standing bloodstock advisor John Ferguson hailed Lammtarra as a "true champion".

He said: "It's very, very sad. He was very dear to everybody who was involved with him. We are all very sorry to see him go.

"He stood at Dalham Hall, then he went to Japan and then Sheikh Mohammed bought him back so he could have a happy retirement in Newmarket. He's had a great life and he thoroughly deserved it. He was a true champion."