Cheltenham Festival 2019: Hot favourite Sir Erec put down after suffering injury live on ITV in Triumph Hurdle as Pentland Hills lands the prize

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Hot favourite Sir Erec put down after suffering injury live on ITV in Triumph Hurdle as Pentland Hills lands the prize

HOT Triumph Hurdle favourite Sir Erec had to be put down after suffering a terrible injury during the Triumph Hurdle as Pentland Hills landed the s

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HOT Triumph Hurdle favourite Sir Erec had to be put down after suffering a terrible injury during the Triumph Hurdle as Pentland Hills landed the spoils.

The race was marred by the incident that took place half-way round the Grade 1 contest with viewers left clearly upset following the incident.

Sir Erec suffered a horror injury during the race at Cheltenham
Sir Erec suffered a horror injury during the race at Cheltenham
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Sir Erec, ridden by Mark Walsh, was well-placed when he pulled up after jumping a fence and it was clear the injury was serious.

The drama started before the race even got underway, though.

Sir Erec lost his shoe on his front-right leg on the way up to the starting flag, causing a delay.

Scott Mason the blacksmith got to work, with Sir Erec remaining incredibly calm throughout the process.

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