FETHARD, Ireland (AP) -- Montjeu, the winner of six Group One races and a renowned sire, has died at age 16 following a brief bout of septicemia in Ireland.
The stallion is best known for winning the French and Irish Derbies in 1999 plus the Prix de L'arc de Triomphe. In 2000, he won the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Coolmore Stud paid tribute in a statement on Thursday by describing Montjeu as being "the highest-rated racehorse ever by the great Sadler's Wells."
Monjeu sired three Epsom Derby winners, including Pour Moi in a prolific 2011 in which 15 horses with his bloodlines won group or graded races.