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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Thursday, 1 November, 2001, 18:47 GMT
Top filly Oh So Sharp dies
Oh So Sharp in her pomp
Oh So Sharp in her racing hey-day
Oh So Sharp, the 1985 fillies' Triple Crown winner, has died at the age of 19.

The horse, who was trained by Henry Cecil and owned by Sheikh Mohammed, was unbeaten in three starts aged two before making her name by winning the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger.

She was also runner-up in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup at York.

Ex-champion jockey Steve Cauthen led the tributes on Thursday.

He said: "She was, without doubt, the best filly I have ridden.

We still have her last foal to look forward to
Stud director Liam O'Rourke
"She was a good two-year-old and she was probably unlucky to be beaten ever.

"She was the last filly to win the Triple Crown for fillies. The last one was Meld 30 years before her. She ran against the boys and she beat them."

Oh So Sharp was put down after becoming ill at the Dalham Hall Stud at Newmarket, where she had been a mare since retiring from racing.

She had been suffering from laminitis and had developed problems since foaling in the spring.

Stud director Liam O'Rourke said, "Though she always had the very best veterinary attention, she was beginning to suffer.

"We'll miss her very much but we still have her last foal to look forward to."

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