Christy Roche has described Like-A-Butterfly as "a bit special" after the multiple Grade One-winning mare died following a severe bout of colic.
A winner of 12 of her 17 career starts, the JP McManus-owned Like-A-Butterfly was one of the most popular Irish-trained horses in recent memory.
A winner at Grade One level in the bumper sphere, Roche's mare was unbeaten in her first five starts over obstacles, raising the roof when justifying favouritism in the 2002 Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
A year later she claimed the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and although she disappointed in the Champion Hurdle itself that March, she went on to win three times from five appearances over fences, including the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. She signed off her racing career with a win in the Mildmay Novices' Chase at the 2005 Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Roche said: "I've never trained one better than her. She was a bit special. I can't think of another mare who has won a Grade One bumper, a Grade One over hurdles and a Grade One chase. She was a great servant.
"We had some great days with her. Winning the Irish Champion Hurdle was special and of course winning in Cheltenham - that's what you dream about. We have three foals out of her and the dream is that they can be as good as she was.
"We have some great memories of her and it's great to look back at those days. I'll never forget her."
Only last week Like-A-Butterfly gave birth to a fourth foal, a colt by legendary Flat stayer Yeats.
McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "She was a great race mare. She won a Grade One bumper, three Grade Ones over hurdles and a Grade One over fences. Not many do that. She had a lovely colt foal by Yeats last week, but unfortunately she got severe colic and it's just one of those things.
"Speckled Wood was her first foal and the only one to race so far. She has three more to come, including the colt that was born last week."
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