The gelding, who had been suffering from a serious sinus problem, was plagued by leg trouble for much of his career. He was retired after aggravating an injury when attempting a third Queen Mother victory in 1990.
John Edwards, who trained Pearlyman for his Cheltenham wins, paid tribute to the bay: "He was a wonderful horse and a great servant. He won at the Festival three years running and would have made it five if he had been right.
"He had bad legs all his life but I thought the world of him. He was an easy horse to place, a splendid jumper with plenty of speed - a machine."Reuse content