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Tragedy as fan favourite racehorse Some Neck dies following disastrous mid-race mix-up at Punchestown Festival

TOP racehorse Some Neck tragically died yesterday following a disastrous mid-race mix-up.

The fan-favourite ten-year-old was among a small group of horses taking the wrong course during the cross country race at Punchestown Festival.

Some Neck was part of the mid-race carnage in the cross country contest at Punchestown

Carnage ensued as several runners split to the right of a fork while the rest of the field carried on down the left.

Jockey Ben Harvey brought his mount to a standstill, losing all momentum on the former Cheltenham racecourse winner who had been in fine form.

To Some Neck’s credit, he did gain a foothold in the race once again, but slipped up at the last.

Sadly, that incident cost him his life, as confirmed by the syndicate who own part of the horse.

A tweet from The 119 Partnership read last night: “Devastated to say that we lost Some Neck at Punchestown today.

“We are so upset for him because he loved racing and did his job so well.

“He‘s been a dream horse for us and we can only thank John & all at @McConnellRacing for giving him so much love.”

The racing community were quick to offer their condolences to owners of the popular grey, who had earned more than £74,500 for connections during his five-and-a-half year racing career.

The horses were tightly grouped approaching the tenth obstacle
But then chaos ensued as some horses went to take the wrong route
Some Neck could be seen at a complete standstill having run into the rail after the confusion

One said: “Terrible news, thoughts are with everyone who loved him.”

Another commented: “Really sorry to hear this. Got a great kick out of watching him over the banks this season.”

A fellow Twitter user wrote: “Ah no, I am so sorry to read this. What a striking horse.”

One comment read: “So sorry to read this, I was a big Some Neck fan. It was great to see him win at Cheltenham on the cross country course. Condolences to all.”

While a fellow punter posted: “I’m so sorry to read this. How heartbreaking for you all, he’s given you some unforgettable days.”

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