Three-times Cheltenham World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever has died, at the age of ten.

The Howard Johnson-trained racehorse was put down this morning (Friday 16 October) after suffering a serious bout of colic.

The horse underwent surgery yesterday after being found lying in a field at his owner’s home in Northumberland.

Inglis Drever, who retired in January after sustaining a hock injury in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November 2008, won 17 races and nearly £800,000 during his career.

He retired to owner Graham Wylie’s stud in Northumberland.

“Without a doubt he’d be number one when it comes to horses I’ve trained,” Mr Johnson told press.

“He’s been a fantastic servant to me and the yard — you could always tell when he was right and he was a peach to train.

“It’s very upsetting and I’ve said to Mr Wylie that we’ll get the horse cremated and get him back into what I call the ‘Millionaire’s Field’ in front of our house.

“He used to love it in there, and spent his summers in there every year since he arrived, so I think we should bury his ashes in there.”