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I noticed that the horse’s foreleg appeared crooked below the knee but thought I must have imagined it- he had got up and seemed to be trying to run when the shot changed back to the leaders on channel 4. Hope he was caught and kept quiet so that his end was as fast and peaceful as possible.
Very sad, particularly as the error leading the fatal injury was not his own and he was brought down. I hope the mare and I’m so lucky are alright.
Best thing I’ve seen on tv any christmas in a great many years!
Another fan, delighted to see him do well today, he was my phantom bet of the day. Nice looking horse, has shown a lot of promise, hopefully on the comeback trail. Lovely ride by Mr Lee too.
I thought it was unacceptable behaviour. They tried to stop them as soon as they could and as said, it wasn’t safe to run a finish with the body of a horse in the way… some people have no consideration outside themselves. Not a nice sight.
Poor Spanish Conquest. It was completely obvious nothing could be done for him other than putting him out of his pain. A horrible horrible injury.
Just remembered the shock of seeing the beautiful Strong Promise die at Aintree. I adored that horse, he was so handsome, and the fall was so fast and so hard- if I recall correctly the horse began convulsing whilst the camera was still clearly on him. It was obvious it was all over.
Gloris Victis is the hardest loss I can remember for my personal race-watching career. He was just brilliant in the races he won, so exuberant, jumped for fun. McCoy said in an interview a while later, for BBC I think, that his loss was one that really stuck with him because they never really found out how good he was. I seem to remember that he was just digging in and was fighting back in the gold cup when he fell. He wasn’t going to win, but I think if all had gone well he would have learned from the race and could have really gone on. Sadly not to be.
Thank you for your help everyone, it’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one wondering about him.
Doesn’t it cause long term damage in the digestive system/gut? Could be something like paralysis of muscles.. all I know is that there is a horse that recovered from grass sickness at a yard I frequent. He passes food through his system much slower than other horses and also eats very slowly.
I’m really sad about this, such a beautiful horse with a great attitude.
One Knight. Never did manage to get on him for a win!
I didn’t think it was a break when he first went wrong- we got to watch it several times (thank you channel 4 ) and from seeing it over I wondered if something in his pelvis or back had gone as he just lost all coordination before collapse. Heart attack makes sense, hopefully he wasn’t aware of much after it happened, but absolutely horrible to see. Poor fellow, sympathies to connections.
I’m not very knowledgable about hunt racing fences- do all water jumps have the defined lip whereas splashes would have a gradient getting shallower… seems a no brainer to me that the latter would be preferable!
I sort of always worried about this for this horse, he had a gutsy attitude but not the jumping skill to go with it… He was always vulnerable. So sad to hear he has gone.
Irony is that he is the most recognisable horse appearing in the BBC’s intro leaping towards the camera over a city scape. Sad reminder.