Reminiscing about great horses serves to emphasise how quickly the passage of time runs, but in the case of Montjeu (Ire) it can also highlight the ongoing influence he has on the Australasian industry.
Montjeu was an outstanding son of Sadler's Wells (USA), who was six-times successful at Group 1 level with victories in the French and Irish Derbys, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Grand Prix du Saint-Cloud and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S.
It's now the 20th anniversary of his emphatic win in the King George at Royal Ascot and four starts later the Michael Tabor-owned colt was retired to Coolmore with a glittering stud career to follow.
Montjeu, who could be quirky, was also to make four tours of shuttle duty to Windsor Park Stud at Cambridge where he was warmly welcomed by breeders.
Montjeu sired 31 individual Group 1 winners with seven--Wall Street (NZ), Green Moon (Ire), Tavistock (NZ), Gallante (Ire), Nom Du Jeu (NZ), Sharvasti (NZ) and Roman Emperor (NZ)-- successful in the Southern Hemisphere.