Severe injury sees Irish horse No More Heroes put down at Cheltenham Festival
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Severe injury sees Irish horse No More Heroes put down at Cheltenham Festival

IRISH-TRAINED racehorse No More Heroes had to be put down on Wednesday after suffering tendon injuries in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.

The dual Grade One winner, who took victory in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase and the Neville Hotels Novice Chase earlier this season, had a promising future under Westmeath trainer Gordon Elliot.

A statement released by owners Gigginstown House Stud on Thursday said: "Unfortunately the injury to No More Heroes, having struck into himself and damaged a tendon yesterday, proved to be too significant to save him.

"Having consulted with the vets at the equine hospital, and after extensive care and assessment, it was considered that it would be in the horse's best interest that he be humanely put down, and this was carried out late last night.”

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No More Heroes was being ridden by Kerry jockey Bryan Cooper and was in contention for the win until the last jump, when the horse appeared to suffer the injury, which was later confirmed to be a severed tendon.

“He won his two Grade One chases and had a big future,” said trainer Elliot. “But unfortunately it was a very bad injury and nothing could be done to save him.”