British Steeplechasing Star Desert Orchid Dies at Age 27

Desert Orchid, the former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who built up a huge fan following as one of Britain's most popular racehorses, died Monday, Nov. 13, at 27.

Former trainer David Elsworth said the gray gelding --nicknamed "Dessie" -- died peacefully in his stable at Egerton near the Newmarket race course.

"There was no stress," he said. "He departed from this world with dignity and

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