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Eclair Surf dies after suffering a horrific head injury, becoming the fourth horse to die at the Grand National Aintree Festival

ECLAIR SURF has died after suffering a head injury at the Grand National on Saturday.

Four horses have now died as a result of the Aintree Festival including Discorama, Solwara One and Elle Est Belle.

Four horses have now died as a result of competing in the Grand National

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Four horses have now died as a result of competing in the Grand NationalPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Coach Emma Lavelle continued Twitter: “We are very saddened to learn that Eclair Surf lost his fight this morning after sustaining a traumatic head injury at the Grand National yesterday.

“He was cared for at the racecourse by a team of first class vets before being transferred to Liverpool University terribly missing. He treated him all night but sadly it wasn’t to be.

“He was an incredibly special horse that was loved by everyone.”

Elle Est Belle died of a suspected heart attack during an earlier race – the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at 2.25pm.

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A racecourse spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that Elle Est Belle sustained a fatal injury just before the finish line at the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.

“All our thoughts are with Elle Est Belle’s connections.”

The Grand National was won by 50/1 shot Noble Yeatsridden by Sam Waley-Cohen in his very last race.

After the win, he paid tribute to his brother Thomas, who passed away from cancer, saying: “It’s a dream. It won’t sink in for weeks – it feels like a fantasy and I just don’t know what to say.

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“It’s a fairy tale, it’s a fantasy. Just full of love, happiness and gratitude.

“I believe Thomas is on my back, I ride with his name in my saddle. These days are family days, and you couldn’t make it up to you, could you?

“To Dad, unwavering faith and love, 23+ years, never a crossword, never nothing but a dream. For my patient wife, not all are good days, there are bad days in this sport, but she is always there to support me to support.”

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