Posted: 15 October, 2016 by Sport Newsroom

Octagonal Passes Away At 24

Sad news

Champion racehorse Octagonal has been euthanised at Godolphin Woodlands today, aged 24.

The Kiwi-bred horse, affectionately known as The Big O, was still mentally sharp but was physically declining.

Octagonal was a 10 time Group 1 winner, including a famous victory as a three-year-old in the Cox Plate in 1995.

Trained by John Hawks and owned by Jack and Bob Ingham, The Big O is the last horse to win the triple crown — the Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby.

He was retired to stud in 1997, siring Lonhro who went on to win 11 Group 1 races and be named Australian Horse of the Year.

Octagonal will be buried at Woodlands.

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