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Two fatalities on Gold Cup day dampen spirits at Cheltenham Festival

• Willie Mullins wins Gold Cup but stable runner killed in race
• Triumph Hurdle favourite Sir Erec breaks down badly

Two horses were fatally injured on the final day of the Festival, taking the total over the course of the meeting to three following the death of Ballyward in Tuesday’s National Hunt Chase.

Sir Erec, the favourite for the Triumph Hurdle, was put down after breaking a leg at the fourth flight, while Invitation Only – trained by Willie Mullins – was killed instantly in a fall at the 10th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Sir Erec had been reshod in the minutes leading up to the Triumph Hurdle after losing a shoe on his off-fore foot, which had been the subject of an injury scare in the run-up to Friday’s race.

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