At the age of 29, the elite and versatile chaser Tiutchev passed away. He had won Graded races at distances ranging from two miles to three miles and one furlong.

In his 44-race career, he won the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham in 2000, the equivalent race at Punchestown later that spring, and the Martell Cognac Cup at Aintree in 2004. He earned £445,240 overall.

Part-owner Jerry Wright said on Tuesday: “Our old warrior passed away peacefully earlier today in the paddock at my wife’s family farm, where he has spent a long and happy retirement.

“He was 29 and probably exceeded all our expectations on his lifespan given his history of colic in his racing days!

“His paddock companion for all his retirement was another former Cheltenham Festival winner in Kissair, who continues to battle on at the age of 31!”

Reflecting on Tiutchev’s career, Wright said: “He took us to some great places, winning at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown festivals as well as racing in Japan in the Nakayama Grand Jump – though that was a race and a course that was never going to suit him.

“His second to Edredon Bleu in the 2003 King George at Kempton was another of his best performances and it was quite something to win over two miles, two and a half and three.”

Tiutchev was purchased to jump with Henrietta Knight after being trained on the Flat by Roger Charlton. He later went to David Nicholson, Nicky Henderson, and Martin Pipe.

Including the Grade 1 Ascot Chase run over 2m 312f in 2001 and 2003, he won 12 races in total.

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