Cigar: American racehorse dies at age of 24

Gerry Bailey of the USA on Cigar celebrates winning the Dubai World Cup in 1996
Cigar helped USA win the Dubai World Cup in 1996, ridden by Gerry Bailey

The American racehorse Cigar has died at the age of 24.

The two-time United States horse of the year won 16 consecutive races during 1995 and 96, including the inaugural Dubai World Cup.

Cigar eventually retired in 1996 after earning his owners $9,999,815, a record at the time - he had been suffering with arthritis for the last six months.

Directors at the Kentucky horse park said they were "heartbroken to lose this great horse".