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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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Lady Cecil 'heartbroken' at Thomas Chippendale's death

Thomas Chippendale's trainer Lady Cecil said she was "heartbroken" at the horse's death following his Hardwicke Stakes win at Royal Ascot.

Lady Cecil, whose husband Sir Henry Cecil was honoured during this year's Queen's Vase, said the colt was "in good form" leading up to the race and enjoying himself".

Thomas Chippendale, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, died after winning the Hardwicke Stakes. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

She continued: "He loved and enjoyed it all - it's heartbreaking. We had never been happier with him beforehand. We're just devastated.

"The horse and jockey seemed fine so I wondered what had happened. It was quick so the horse wouldn't have felt anything.

"We've gone from one emotion to the other, from a real high to a real low".

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