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The big national day was marred when Elle Est Belle tragically dies of a suspected heart attack after collapsing in Aintree

GRAND NATIONAL day in Aintree was marred by a horse that tragically died of a suspected heart attack.

Elle Est Belle started the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at 2:25 p.m.

Elle Est Belle, right, died after the Mersey Novices hurdle at 2.25pm ​​at Aintree

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Elle Est Belle, right, died after the Mersey Novices hurdle at 2.25pm ​​at AintreePhoto credit: Getty

The six-year-old ran towards the end of the field before charging forward.

She jumped the last fence in third, but slowed down on the last level.

Then Harry Skelton suddenly pulled her up before the end of the race, which was won by 5-2 favorites Three Stripe Life.

And four-time winner Elle Est Belle collapsed shortly after.

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Aintree confirmed the sad news about the mare owned by Dan Skelton.

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.”

Elle Est Belle ran in eight Runwho made her debut at Aintree in October 2020.

She placed at Cheltenham and in the Grand National last year and earned £61,271 in winnings over the course of her career.

Solwara One sadly passed away from injury after crossing the finish line of Friday’s 1:45pm race at Aintree.

But there were no fatalities as all 40 horses returned safely to the stables after the Grand National. won by amateur Sam Waley-Cohen to 50-1 Noble Yeats in his last race of his jockeying career.

The Horseman – close friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – paid an emotional tribute to his tragically late brother Thomaswho died of bone cancer in 2004 at the age of 20.

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