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, 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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