Superstar Vautour Dies After Freak Accident

Written 2 years ago by Midlands Sport

Three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Vautour, one of the most exciting horses in training, has died after a freak accident at Willie Mullins’ yard.

“He broke a foreleg and has had to be put down,” his trainer told the Racing Post on Sunday evening. “It’s very tough to take,” added Mullins. “He goes out there every day and it’s a freak accident.”

Vautour was grazing in the paddock with Shaneshill when the injury occured. The seven-year-old was the 8-1 second favourite to add the 2017 Timico Gold Cup to his Supreme win in 2014, his JLT success in 2015 and Ryanair victory in 2016.

The five-time Grade 1 winner was victorious on ten of his 16 career starts and finished out of the first two only once, when falling at Aintree in the Grade 1 JLT Melling Chase.

He is a horse who really captured the racing public’s heart with his dominant Cheltenham displays and was always spoken of in the most glowing terms by Mullins and his big-race partner Ruby Walsh.

Last season Walsh said: “I love him. He has so much natural ability and is so straightforward. He’s a horse we’ve always thought a hell of a lot of.”

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