Eclair Surf second horse to die following injuries sustained in Grand National


A second horse has sadly died after failing to recover from injuries sustained in the Grand National.

Eclair Surf, who was among one of the market leaders for the race, suffered a brutal fall at the third fence of the Aintree contest on April 9, that was won by Noble Yeats.

His trainer, Emma Lavelle, announced the tragic news on Twitter on the morning of April 10, The Mirror reports.

She said: “We are very sad to report that having sustained a traumatic head injury in yesterday’s Grand National, Eclair Surf lost his fight this morning.

“He was looked after at the racecourse by a team of first-class vets before being transferred to Liverpool University who treated him all night, however very sadly it was not to be.

“He was an incredibly special horse, loved by everyone and he will be terribly missed.”

Chris Proudman, Veterinary Advisor to Aintree Racecourse, said: “We were sad to learn that Eclair Surf had to be put to sleep this morning.

“After his fall yesterday he was stabilized on course before walking onto transport back to the stables.

“Following further veterinary evaluation he was referred to Leahurst Equine Hospital last night.

“Everything possible will have been done for him and our thoughts are very much with those who loved and cared for him.”

Eclair Surf only just sneaked into the race on Thursday and was heavily backed by punters.

He won the Classic Chase at Warwick in January and was second in the Eider Chase at Newcastle

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On Saturday night, just after 7.30pm, it was confirmed that Discorama had suffered a fatal injury.

His heartbroken trainer Paul Nolan tweeted: “We are heartbroken to have lost Discorama today at Aintree.

“Bryan pulled him up due to injury. Our condolences to his owners Andrew Gemmell & Tom Friel.”

About half an hour after the National, the racecourse’s preliminary statement said that all horses had returned to the stables although some were being “assessed”.



Discorama and Bryan Cooper pictured before the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival

Later in the evening, Professor Chris Proudman, Veterinary Advisor to Aintree Racecourse, said: “After the race, Discorama, who had pulled up while traveling on the flat between fences, was assessed further in Aintree’s veterinary treatment facility within the stables.

“Very sadly we determined that he had sustained an untreatable pelvic injury and it has now been necessary to put him to sleep on welfare grounds. Our thoughts are with his connections.”

Discorama won two races in his career, at Naas and Fairyhouse. Outside of his home country, he has competed in many big races, including last year’s Grand National.

Noble Yeats was ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen who was having his last ride in public.

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