Trainer Richard Hannon has praised his charge Paco Boy after the decision was made to retire the star miler to stand at Highclere Stud, after his Breeders' Cup outing.
Earning over Â£1million in prize money, the five year old had 23 starts and was successful on 11 occasions, including three in Group One company.
It was to his misfortune however, that on five of those outings he was up against the brilliant Goldikova.
"Paco Boy was not only one of my favourite horses but certainly one of the best that we have had on the place," said the trainer.
"He got a mile well, but he had speed to burn and it was his terrific turn of foot in that final furlong that differentiated him from an ordinary horse.
"What's more, you could not ask for a nicer individual. He would do anything for you, and he was the most genuine horse in the world - I suppose that is why I got so emotional when he won the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last year as he has always meant so much to me.
"Paco Boy's 11 victories included three Group Ones, and he would have won a lot more had it not been for a certain Goldikova, but he never took a lame step all the time he was here and his soundness and undoubted ability should ensure that he is much in demand as a stallion.
"I am certainly looking forward to having a few of Paco's first crop, and if he can pass on some of his attributes to his progeny then he ought to prove very popular at stud," he said on his website, www.richardhannonracing.tv.