Montjeu, one of the best middle distance horses in recent times, has passed away at Coolmore Stud on Thursday aged just 16.
A duel Derby and Arc winner as a three year old, Montjeu proved himself to be a world class stallion, siring three Epsom Derby winners in his all to brief stud career.
A statement from Coolmore on Thursday read: “Montjeu, the highest-rated racehorse ever by the great Sadler’s Wells, has died this morning at Coolmore Stud after a short illness, which was due to complications from an overwhelming septicaemia.
“The sire of three Epsom Derby winners including last year’s brilliant winner Pour Moi, as well as Camelot, the favourite for this year’s edition, Montjeu was one of the best stallions in the world and in 2011 he sired 15 individual Group/Graded winners in the northern hemisphere, which was the equal of Galileo.
“Montjeu will best be remembered for his incredible wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes as well as his runaway victories in the French and Irish Derbies.”
Mick Kinane, who rode Montjeu in nine of his races, said: “At his best hewas one of the best I’ve ever ridden. He was definitely in the top five because at his height he was a truly remarkable racehorse.
“The day he won the King George he was imperious. He treated his rivals with pure contempt.”