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After leading in the Grand National, one of the hottest and versatile horses of racing, wicklow Brave, has died after a drop.
The 10-year-old, commissioned by Paul Townend for Irish coach Willie Mullins, arrived down at the final trip.
He also suffered a fractured right shoulder and had been euthanised at the region, said New Jersey State veterinarian Dr Stacey Romano.
Wicklow Brave won 17 races on the jumps and on the flat.
Townend had described the horse, who also obtained the 2015 County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and also the 2017 Punchestown Champion Hurdle, asthe horse of a lifetime for proprietor Nick Peacock.
Before falling in the race which was won by Brain Power, ridden by Nico de Boinville to get English coach Nicky Henderson, wicklow Brave looked set to bring the US Grand National.
This is totally devastating news. My most sincere condolences to all of connections involved with Wicklow Brave. A terrible, tragic loss, explained Henderson.
Race meeting chairman Guy Torsilieri stated:Were sad to have lost such a winner today.
Our thoughts are with Wicklow Braves owners and all of their connections, the racing area and the enthusiasts. It was tragic for many people.
The son of champion trainer Willie, patrick Mullins, paid tribute.
Wicklow attracted us all around the world and on a exceptional experience, he told the Racing Post.
Jason Dear appeared after him rode him each day. He deserves. Wicklow will probably be missed. Its a sad moment.
Wicklow Brave, who ran two during his profession, had won all three of his previous starts and was being aimed at the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse in December.
The American Grand National is not the same challenge to the longer Grand National at Aintree, and has been run over hurdles within a distance of two miles and five furlongs.
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