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Wicklow Brave dies after fall in American Grand National

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

09:30 20 Oct 2019

The Willie Mullins trained Wicklow Brave has died following a fall in the American Grand National at Far Hills on Saturday night.

The 10-year old's remarkable career came to a heartbreaking end in the race after he fractured his right shoulder in a final fence fall when having the race at his mercy and could not be saved.

He will go down in the history books as one of the most versatile horses of all time, and was all set to add an American Grand National victory to his amazing CV but took the crashing fall at the last under Paul Townend, leaving Brain Power to land the spoils for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville.

Speaking to the Racing Post, Patrick Mullins paid tribute to Wicklow Brave, who he partnered to seven victories, including the 2017 Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

He said: “Wicklow brought us all around the world and on a unique adventure. Jason Dear [groom]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.”

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