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The story of how Libberty Hunter recovered from life-threatening drone injury to pick up stunning win at Hereford

, The story of how Libberty Hunter recovered from life-threatening drone injury to pick up stunning win at Hereford

BRITAIN’S bravest racehorse has amazingly recovered from life-threatening injuries sustained in a senseless drone attack, and come home a winner.

Hard man, Brian Eckley, unashamedly shed a tear when Libberty Hunter, the “best horse” he’s ever trained, cruised past the post at Hereford last week.

Libberty Hunter won at Hereford last week after two years of recovery

Two patient years of specialist veterinary treatment had kept the four-year-old gelding alive, and beaten off a deadly infection.

A mystery man was spotted controlling the drone behind a large blackberry bush on a hill 150 yards from the stables in the Brecon National Park.

The drone swept down in mid-afternoon and chased the terrified horse out of the yard and across a field until it stumbled and fell with a severely damaged right foot that quickly turned into a deadly abscess.

Trembling with emotion, a relieved Eckley, 67, is convinced he knows the man who guided the drone into his stable.

 He added: “To see ‘Libby’ win meant so much to me. He’s going to be a very good horse.

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“Lots of interested buyers have been on the phone to me after seeing him win, but he’s going nowhere.

“Libby and I have come a long way together, and I couldn’t bare to see him go into someone else’s hands.

“He’s shown great courage. His foot was so numb after the accident that the vet had to drill a hole in it to treat the abscess, which could have killed him.

“My vet said it was touch-and-go, but he got through it, and now he’s rewarded us all.

“When you’ve got a horse that comes through so much shock and pain, it makes you feel just great.

“I think he’s earned a winter’s rest, and be ready to come back in the spring. I’m expecting a lot from him.”

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