Coach Evan Williams took a hit following the death of stable star Silver Streak.
The eight-year-old, who enjoyed his crowning glory by winning last year’s Christmas hurdle at Kempton after a string of good efforts at the highest level, was preparing to defend his title on Boxing Day.
He finished third in the 2019 Champion Hurdle at Espoir D’Allen and also won the Welsh Champion Hurdle in 2018, as well as placing in numerous other great races.
Williams revealed the news on Twitter where he said: “Sad day Silver Streak suffered a fatal injury today. Thanks for the memories.”
Silver Streak ran 29 times over hurdles, winning eight races and finishing second eight times, earning nearly £ 500,000 for its owner, Les Fell.
It was led mostly by Adam Wedge who tweeted: “Thanks for some great memories I’ll never forget! RIP Big man. One in a million.”
Colleague Daryl Jacob, who has faced Silver Streak on a number of occasions, including a series of major battles with Sceau Royal, said, “Gutted for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge. What a brave horse the Silver Streak was. Sceau Royal will be very much missed.”