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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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Trainers call Ascot race 'unsatisfactory' and 'messy'

The trainer of one of the horses that competed in today's Hardwicke Stakes said the race was "unsatisfactory" after winner Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack.

Universal's trainer Mark Johnston said, "It was unsatisfactory. The jockeys didn't know whether to go with the loose horse or not".

The horses running the Hardwicke Stakes. Thomas Chippendale is front left. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Marco Botti, Dandino's trainer, said, "It was a very messy race and he got hampered when the other horse fell and by the loose horse".

The horse that fell, 9-4 favourite Ektihaam, gave jockey Paul Hanagan a nasty fall. Hanagan was taken to hospital to be X-rayed.

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