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Last Updated: Monday, 13 November 2006, 17:07 GMT
Desert Orchid photos

Desert Orchid pictured in 1988

Legendary racehorse Desert Orchid has died at the age of 27 - here are a selection of tributes from users of the BBC's 606 website, accompanied by photos of the popular grey

Desert Orchid heads for victory in the Gold Cup of 1989

"His Cheltenham Gold Cup win in March '89 was one of the most emotional sporting occasions the country has ever witnessed. There were hats being thrown everywhere" - SY

Dessie is led to the winner's enclosure at Cheltenham after winning the Gold Cup in 1989

"I will never forget the day he beat Yahoo in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. I can still hear Sir Peter O'Sullevan's commentary now: 'He's beginning to get up...' - NorfolkOxo

Dessie pictured at Sandown

"Undoubtedly the best National Hunt horse I ever saw. He didn't just post remarkable performances, he kept doing it for years and years" - Jeremy White

Desert Orchid pictured at Sandown

"When one of his previous victories in the race was replayed on the big screen, Dessie stopped in his tracks. He looked over at the screen and nodded" - GP

Dessie with Richard Dunwoody on board in 1990

"I was so sad to hear of Dessie's death. For the last 16 years, I've had a picture of him up in my bedroom, but then he was so handsome, he was a natural pin-up" - Tyndall33

Desert Orchid being ridden out

"I had a bandaged, broken hand. He nuzzled all over it, then gently rested his chin on my shoulder. I've known hundreds of horses, but he had a presence second to none" - GW

Desert Orchid pictured in 2000

"Dessie was my hero. I have been a fan for many many years. It was only two months ago I saw him at Newmarket and was overwhelmed to see how well he looked" - Jananna

The Desert Orchid statue at Kempton Park racecourse

Desert Orchid will be laid to rest by his statue at Kempton. "Rest In Peace Dessie, a massive loss to the horse racing world, a true legend" - RK

Racing legend Desert Orchid dies
13 Nov 06 |  Horse Racing
Obituary: Desert Orchid
13 Nov 06 |  Horse Racing


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