Popular racehorse Sanctuaire has been put down after a schooling accident yesterday (Sunday 17 November).

The 7-year-old broke his shoulder and leg in the fall schooling after racing at Punchestown. Ruby Walsh, who was riding him, was uninjured.

Sanctuaire was formerly in training with Paul Nicholls and won 7 races including the Grade Two Celebration Chase at Sandown on his last run in April.

The horse was moved to Willie Mullins’ yard in Ireland after being sold at Doncaster in August, fetching £170,000 from new owner Susannah Ricci.

It was a sad end to the day for Mullins and Walsh, who had earlier celebrated Hurricane Fly’s win the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle. This was his 17th win at this level and set a new world record for Grade 1 victories.