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Lammtarra: was unbeaten in four career starts with three Group 1s

  PICTURE: Gerry Cranham  

Group 1 great
Lammtarra dies aged 22

LAMMTARRA, one of the best horses of his generation, has died at the age of 22.

Unbeaten in his four starts, Lammtarra was the dominant middle-distance performer as a three-year-old in 1995, winning the Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and then the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on his final start.

Saeed Bin Suroor, who trained Lammtarra for owner Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to all three of his Group 1 wins, said: "I was very sad to hear of the passing of Lammtarra. He was a true champion and of the best horses that I have trained.

"His victories in ther Derby, King George and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe were exceptional and he will be remembered as an outstanding horse for generations to come."

Originally trained by the late Alex Scott, Lammtarra's sole win as a juvenile was the Listed Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury. Following Scott's death, the colt was transferred to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation.

Although his participation in the Derby was in doubt in the lead-up to the race after he contracted a virus in Dubai, Lammtarra showed no rustiness on his seasonal reappearance, winning by a length in a then course-record time.

He would then get the better of a titanic battle with Pentire in the King George VI at Ascot, Frankie Dettori taking over from Walter Swinburn in the saddle.

Dettori then rode Lammtarra again on his final start in the Arc, as the pair repelled all challengers to score by three parts of a length.

Post-racing, Lammtarra took up stallion duties firstly at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, before being sold to Japan. Although not a roaring success as a stallion, he was bought back by Sheikh Mohammed in 2006 to live out his retirement at Dalham Hall.

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