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Third horse death as Royal Ascot closes

A racehorse has died on the closing day of Britain’s Royal Ascot race meeting, bringing the toll to three.

Tiger Cliff suffered a suspected heart attack after placing in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. Trained by Alan King, the four-year-old was ridden to fourth place by Tom Queally, behind the winner Pique Sous. Tiger Cliff was owned by Henry Ponsonby.

Nick Smith, Ascot’s Head of Communications and International Racing, said: “It’s a shame to end the meeting with the sad death of Tiger Cliff. We understand he had a suspected heart attack. This was unrelated to the track, like the two deaths earlier in the week.

“Our sympathies go out to the connections of Tiger Cliff and also of the two horses we lost on Tuesday.”

On Tuesday, Case Statement sustained a fracture of his near fore fetlock in the Group Two Coventry Stakes, and later in the day Sir Graham Wade suffered pelvic fracture in the Ascot Stakes.

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  1. Sue carter says:

    This was unrelated to the track, as were the other two deaths… They just happened to happen at the track? And 5 deaths earlier at the track in Ireland. I suppose they were also unrelated to the previous deaths there. This is happening in America too. Over 3,500 deaths on the tracks from 2009-2013. Not including “vanned-offs.” Is this some kind of Alien Invasion or might it have something to do with Racing being a crooked, dirty business?

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