Doriemus, winner of the 1995 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, has been put down following a paddock accident, reports Racing Victoria.

OTI Racing tweeted the news on Sunday afternoon, saying they were 'very saddened by the death of Doriemus as a result of a hoof injury'.

“[He was] an exceptional horse who gave many enjoyment while racing and in retirement,” the tweet said.

“At 24, Doriemus had a wonderful life in retirement.

“Thanks to Living Legends, Wigara Farm and Werribee Vet Hosp[ital] for their great care.”

Doriemus was just the ninth horse to complete the double, a feat also since commpleted by Might and Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001).

Trainer Lee Freedman was very fond of his stayer and told Living Legends 'he certainly didn’t look much when he arrived from New Zealand'.

“I thought he was a polo pony but we knew we had something special when we galloped him at Eagle Farm as a three-year-old,” Freedman said.

“It was a long-range plan to win the 1995 Melbourne Cup and to also win the Caulfield Cup was a bonus.

“He was an outstanding world-class stayer, right up there with the top three stayers I have trained.”

Freedman added that if it had not been for Might And Power, he believes Doriemus would have won the Cups double for a second time in 1997.