Glory and tragedy at Cheltenham as Many Clouds dies
Many Clouds tragically collapsed and died after lowering the colours of Thistlecrack in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham.
Owned by Trevor Hemmings, Oliver Sherwood's former Grand National hero was winning the race for a second time, having also claimed the recognised Gold Cup trial before his Aintree heroics in 2015.
Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack made several jumping errors on his way around, but came back on the bridle for Tom Scudamore jumping the last.
The Colin Tizzard-trained King George winner went clear on the run in, but the gallant Many Clouds would not go away.
But having answered every call for jockey Leighton Aspell, the 8-1 winner, who got home by a head, collapsed after the winning post, being treated immediately by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed.
Sherwood said: "We've got to look forward and not look back. He's been the horse of a lifetime and I always said he would die for you and he's died for me and the team today doing what he does best.
"He wanted to win that race, he was beaten and then fought back in the last 50 yards to win.
"You've got to enjoy it and it happens to us all, we all go one day. We've got to be philosophical and celebrate the Hennessy and National wins and that was almost a career-best performance.
"One thing I want now is for Thistlecrack to win the Gold Cup."