Coolmore champion Montjeu died on Thursday after a short illness due to complications from septicemia. He was 16.
Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) was a runaway winner of the 1999 French and Irish Derbys and claimed the G1 Arc de Triomphe later that year. He added the G1 King George in 2000.
Montjeu has sired 112 stakes winners including the English Derby winners Motavator, Authorized and Pour Moi and his colt Camelot is the pre-post favourite for the 2012 English Derby. Other major winners include Hurricane Run, Fame and Glory and St Nicholas Abbey.
Coolmore shuttled him to the southern hemisphere to sire the G1 winners Roman Emperor, Nom Du Jeu, Wall Street and Tavistock. “Montjeu was one of the best stallions in the world,” Coolmore said in a statement. “In 2011, he sired 15 individual Group winners in the northern hemisphere which was the equal of Galileo.”