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European Champion Sinndar Dies At Age 21


European champion and sire Sinndar has died at the age of 21, the Aga Khan Studs announced Monday.

A Group 1 winner at two and crowned European champion 3-Year-Old in 2000, Sinndar (Grand Lodge) remains the only horse to have won the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the age of three. A winner of seven of his eight starts, Sinndar was ridden in all of his races by Johnny Murtagh who said after his win in the Arc ahead of Egyptband, Volvoreta and Montjeu: “No horse can get by him. He's got speed, he's got staying ability and a great heart. He's the best horse. A true champion.”

His trainer John Oxx had declared: “He's a great horse and a worthy winner of the Arc in the year 2000. He's set a standard there that will be hard enough for others to match and I'm sure that when we get to the year 2099 they will still write about this horse. He's been a great horse.”

The Aga Khan homebred left his mark at stud with Group 1 winners such as Rosanara, Shareta, and Shawanda as well as Youmzain, who was runner-up in the Arc for three consecutive years. Sinndar's legacy also lives on through his daughters who have already produced two classic winners in Flotilla and Trading Leather.

Sinndar had been retired at Haras d'Ouilly in France at the end of the 2017 breeding season and his last crop of foals was born this year.

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