Top racing stallion Montjeu has died at the age of 16, due to complications from an overwhelming septicaemia. Montjeu stood at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, and stud officials confirmed the news today (Thursday 29 March).
Montjeu is the highest-rated racehorse ever by the great Sadler’s Wells, and has sired three Epsom Derby winners including last year’s victor, Pour Moi.
Other notable offspring include Camelot, the favourite for this year’s Derby, Hurricane Run, St Nicholas Abbey, and Fame And Glory. He is also the sire of Hurricane Fly, Champion Hurdle winner at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.
Last year, Montjeu sired 15 Group/Graded race winners in the northern hemisphere, equalling the total of Galileo.
During his racing career, 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.