Grand National runner Discorama has died, having been put to sleep due to an ‘untreatable’ injury the horse sustained during the iconic Aintree race on Saturday evening. Trainer Paul Nolan confirmed the news on social media. Discorama is the third horse to be put down at this year’s Festival with Elle Est Belle sustaining a fatal injury earlier in the day, while Solwara One was the first fatality on Friday.
Nolan wrote: “We are heartbroken to have lost Discorama today at Aintree. Bryan pulled him up due to injury. Our condolences to his owners Andrew Gemmell & Tom Friel.”
ITV Racing present Ed Chamberlain had reported after the National, which was won by the 50-1 Noble Yeats, that the horse was being “assessed” back in the stable yard before jockey Bryan Cooper said: “He was going OK early on but he ended up pulling up lame.” Discorama was later diagnosed to have suffered an untreatable pelvic injury.
Professor Chris Proudman, veterinary advisor to Aintree racecourse, explained: “After the race, Discorama, who had pulled up while travelling on the flat between fences, was assessed further in Aintree’s veterinary treatment facility within the stables.
“Very sadly we determined that he had sustained an untreatable pelvic injury and it has now been necessary to put him to sleep on welfare grounds. Our thoughts are with his connections.”
While trainer Nolan continued: “It’s devastating. It’s very sad for his owners. He was a great horse but unfortunately that is part of the game. He went peacefully and, while we are all devastated, the reality of the situation is I didn’t make it to Aintree because my own father is very sick at home and unfortunately it doesn’t look good.
“We’ve our own worries at home and, at times like this, it provides a bit of perspective.”
The Jockey Club have been contacted for comment.
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