by Aodán Boland
2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds has sadly passed away following his win in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day.
The 10-year-old beat Gold Cup favourite, Thistlecrack and collapsed moments after crossing the finishing line and was treated by veterinary staff immediately who shortly announced his death.
A postmortem will be carried out on the horse but a heart attack is suspected as the horse had breathing problems in the past.
Trainer Oliver Sherwood was emotional following the race and labelled him the “horse of a lifetime”. “I always said he’d die for you, and he has today, doing what he loved most,” said Sherwood. “He wanted to win that race, by God he wanted to win it – he was beat at the last and he fought the last 50 yards to get up and win. “I’ve trained for 32 years now and horses like that don’t come along very often.”
Nathan Horrocks, who rides Many Clouds on the gallops, told Racing UK: “It’s a shock, from shouting him home to 10 minutes later he’s not even with us. “He’s a massive loss for everybody, he’s of huge importance to the yard but also to Lambourn and the sport. “He captured the nation, but that is our sport — it makes us love it and hate it.” “What was great about him, and was also his downfall, was that he didn’t know when to quit.”