Ascot winner dies after race

Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh. Murtagh said the colt "ran his heart out".

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Thomas Chippendale dies after Hardwicke Stakes win

Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh.

The four-year-old colt collapsed after passing the line in a dramatic renewal of the Group Two over a mile and a half.

Thomas Chippendale ridden by Johnny Murtagh won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Murtagh said: "He ran his heart out and was pulled up at the line. He lost his balance and I don't know what happened to him.

"It's heartbreaking for everyone involved - it should have been a great win. It's just devastating the way it's finished".

The 9-4 favourite, Ektihaam, also slipped up on the bend and gave Paul Hanagan a nasty fall, but both the former champion jockey and the horse were reportedly unscathed.

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