Leading New Zealand stallion Tavistock died at the weekend Cambridge Stud has announced.

The 14-year-old son of Montjeu suffered a life threatening injury in a freak paddock accident eight weeks ago.

“Although he made significant progress from the initial injury, he sustained secondary complications following further surgery last week and was put down on vets advice this afternoon (Saturday afternoon),” the Cambridge Stud said.

“We want to thank our vet team of Dr Rob Hitchcock and Dr Alanna Zantingh of Cambridge Equine along with Dr Ric Redden from Kentucky for their extraordinary efforts to save him.

“The Cambridge Stud staff have been nothing less than heroic in what has been an intensely difficult season for them.

“Tavistock’s legacy will live on through his many sons and daughters. He cast a giant shadow at Cambridge and he will be sorely missed.”

He covered 76 mares out of a large book with 43 in foal.