Wicklow Brave sadly lost his life when falling in the American Grand National at Far Hills on Saturday evening.
The remarkable Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old was on the verge of adding another notable win to his record when he fell at the last with the race at his mercy.
Nicky Henderson’s Brain Power went on to land the spoils.
A winner of 17 of his 59 races, he won the Irish St Leger under Frankie Dettori in 2016, the 2015 County Hurdle and the 2017 Punchestown Champion Hurdle in a remarkable career.
A statement posted on the Far Hills Twitter account read: “Wicklow Brave fell at the last fence of the Grand National. NJ State Veterinarian Dr. Stacey Romano reported that he sustained a fractured right shoulder and was transported to the stable area, where he was euthanized.”
Far Hills race meeting chairman Guy Torsilieri said: “We are sad to have lost such a champion today. Our thoughts are with Wicklow Brave’s owners and all of their connections, the racing community and the fans. It was heartbreaking for all of us.”
After the tragedy, Patrick Mullins said: Mullins said: “Wicklow brought us all around the world and on a unique adventure. Jason Dear looked after him brilliantly and rode him every single day. He deserves huge credit for everything the horse has achieved in his career. Wicklow will be sorely missed in Closutton. It’s a sad day.”
☑️ Cheltenham Festival winner
☑️ Group 1 winner on the Flat
☑️ Grade 1 winner over hurdles
☑️ Grade 3 winner over fences
Thanks for the memories Wicklow Brave & condolences to @WillieMullinsNH 😢
— 3 FURLONGS OUT (@3furlongsout) October 19, 2019