Jump Racing mourns death of Darlan
Leading Cheltenham Champion Hurdle contender Darlan suffered a fatal fall during a race in Monday's (February 4th) trial race at Doncaster.
The six-year-old, ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy, fell heavily at the last hurdle and suffered a broken neck as a result.
At the time he had been putting in a strong challenge to last year's Champion Hurdle victor Rock On Ruby.
McCoy managed to escape serious injury, but he was stepped down for the rest of the day after the horse was put down.
Darlan was trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by millionaire JP McManus.
This is the second time in less than a year that one of McManus' horses has died with McCoy on board as Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised was put down after a fall at the Grand National in April.
According to Racing Post, Henderson was in tears after the fatal fall and commented: "It's some game, isn't it? Why is it always the good ones?"