Twiston-Davies horse put down after Aintree fall

Little Josh ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies at the Cheltenham Festival last month Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

A horse trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies in Gloucestershire has been put down after a fall at Aintree.

Little Josh broke his shoulder in the John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree this afternoon.

The 11-year-old gelding parted company with rider Sam Twiston-Davies on the Grand National course.

Professor Chris Proudman, Veterinary Advisor to Aintree Racecourse, said: "We are sad to confirm that is has been necessary to humanely put down Little Josh on welfare grounds, as a result of his fall at the 15th fence in the John Smith's Topham Chase.

"He received immediate veterinary attention for a broken shoulder, but this injury was not treatable and it was the necessary course of action."