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27/02/02 Former Star International Gallopers Die
Star American steeplechaser Lonesome Glory and French Oaks winner Egyptband have both died.

Lonesome Glory, a son of Transworld, is the only American jumper to have won five Eclipse awards during a stunning steepling career.

The only US based steeple performer to earn more than US$1 million over the sticks was put down after a stable accident left him with a broken leg.

Meanwhile, former French Oaks winner Egyptband, a daughter of Dixieland Band, died just days after being served by the champion Kingmambo.

Star Frenchwoman Criquette Head-Maarek, who trained the filly to finish runner up in the 2000 Arc to Sinndar, ranked the filly as one of the best she trained.

"I would put her alongside Three Troikas and Hatoof as one of the three best fillies I have ever trained," Head-Maarek told Racing Post.

"She was a champion three-year-old filly, a beautiful character, a dream to train and a very intelligent horse."

"When I heard she had died I was very sad - it is a great loss," Head-Maarek added.

Egyptband was retired after missing a place for the first time in her nine start career when eighth to Sakhee in last year's Arc at Longchamp. She won four races and was placed on four other occasions.

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