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Fayonagh has been put down after breaking a hind leg

Fayonagh ridden by Jamie Codd on the way to winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecour
Image: Fayonagh was put down on Wednesday

Champion Bumper winner Fayonagh has been put down after breaking a hind leg on the gallops on Wednesday morning.

The Gordon Elliott-trained mare, who only suffered one defeat in her six races, was working under Davy Russell when the accident occurred.

She had made a successful hurdling debut only recently and was expected to take high rank among the novices this season.

Elliott told his Betfair column: "I'm devastated to announce that Fayonagh broke a hind leg this morning while doing a routine piece of work under Davy Russell at Skryne gallops and had to be put-down.

"As a dual Grade One-winning mare, she was an exceptional talent and the sky was the limit with her.

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"Needless to say, we are all heartbroken and our thoughts are with the connections at this time."

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