Guitar Pete triumph at Cheltenham marred by death of Starchitect
Guitar Pete claimed something of a hollow victory following the death of Starchitect in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Foxtail Hill took the 10-strong field along for much of the two-mile-five-furlong journey before David Pipe's Starchitect, runner-up in last month's BetVictor Gold Cup at the track, bounded into the lead down the hill.
The six-year-old turned for home with a significant lead, but he broke down on the run to the second fence from the finish and was swiftly pulled up and dismounted by Tom Scudamore.
Pipe confirmed that Starchitect suffered a broken hind leg.
He said: "No horse deserves that and Starchitect definitely didn't deserve it.
"He was a real tough customer and always tried his heart out. This was going to be his day today.
"Paul and Clare Rooney (owners) weren't here today and our thoughts are with them.
"He just broke a hind leg. It is just a freak accident but they happen.
"These things can happen out in a field on the racecourse. They can happen anywhere.
"We hope they never do but they do from time to time."