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."
28 August 2015All-American hero taking next step
Ground key for Cape
Panther pleases in Newmarket work
Icon eyeing Prestige prize
Buratino in Middle Park frame
Cox hoping for Kodi Celebration
Rock ready to roll at Windsor
Suzi's seeking Goodwood gold
Maarek aiming to fire in Bullet
Treble top for Weld and Smullen
Baker tempted by Woodbine for Bill
Memory poised for Haydock chance
Treve clash possible for Queen
Hills to make French Connection
Forgotten horse up for Irish Leger
Bear a necessity in Celebration
Pallasator in Cup mix at Doncaster
Lynam sprinters Flying first class
27 August 2015Tested passes with flying colours
Tested passes with flying colours
Iffranesia shoots for Bullet glory
Burke plots Reflection Ayr raid
Fascinating entry in Winter Hill
Thumbs-up at Ffos Las
Emotionless bound for Doncaster
Ground key to Rectifier run
Second inspection at Ffos Las
Whip ban for Mulrennan
Tryster in line for September clash
All systems go for Pendleton
Palmer firming up Covert mission
Safety first for Appleby
Stevens to end training career
Cumani content with Postponed work
Storm stars in Leger list
Irish Champion excites Glen camp
26 August 2015Spear Celebration 'highly unlikely'
Williams ponders Bullet plans
Barron belief in Bing
Salvo seeks solace at lower grade
'Laid-back' Erupt ready for action
Rain pain at Ffos Las
Take Cover back in Flying form
Bookmakers agree possible merger
Big-race targets on Marjurie agenda
Oppenheimer relaxed on Horn options
Bright future forecast for Wizard
Sea charts path to Treve clash
Epsom option for Berkshire
Ranger sights set on Bullet
Irish Leger option for Brave
Point plans up in the air
Ward retains Finnegan faith
25 August 2015Deauville date for Sumbal
Simenon team mull future plans
Surface switch for Lingfield heats
Brighton gets the go-ahead
Brighton gets the go-ahead
Three and easy for Godolphin
Pendleton poised for Ripon first
Euro chasing Breeders' dream
Acapulco back for more next year
Panther set for racecourse gallop
Maarek fired up for Beverley Bullet
Moyglare beckons for Now Or Never
Letters future excites O'Callaghan
Curragh aim for Goldream
Kodi in Celebration frame