In a week when champion racehorses have been a hot topic courtesy of the Cox Plate, Australian racing is all the poorer for losing champion stayer Tie the Knot at age 18.
The 13-time Group I winner has been in retirement at owner Sandy Tait's Riverina property and died of complications arising from colic.
Trained throughout his career by Guy Walter, Tie the Knot (pictured) was the consummate professional winning 21 races from 62 starts and earning $6.2 million in prizemoney.
He broke his maiden as a juvenile over a mile at Randwick, before embarking on a highly successful classic season that saw him capture Group I wins in the Spring Champion Stakes, Sydney Cup and Rosehill Guineas as well as finishing second in the Victoria and Australian Derbies.
He trained on in spectacular fashion to win a remarkable four runnings of the Group I Chipping Norton Stakes over a mile proving his class and versatility.
A homebred for Sandy Tait and Jill Nivison by former top New Zealand based staying sire Nassipour (USA), Tie the Knot was the best of six winners from Group I Thousand Guineas winner Whisked.
The family continues to produce winners including lightly raced Quest for Fame (GB) filly Zuccotto, who is among entries for the Group I Crown Oaks next week and is likely to run this Saturday in the Group II Wakeful Stakes.