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Fayonagh, last season's Champion Bumper winner, suffers fatal injury

Trainer Gordon Elliot has paid tribute to the six-year-old daughter of Kalanisi.

Fayonagh ridden by Jamie Codd on the way to winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival last March.
Fayonagh ridden by Jamie Codd on the way to winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival last March.
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FAYONAGH, WHO WON the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last March, suffered a fatal injury on the gallops on Wednesday morning, it has been confirmed.

Speaking to The Racing Post, her trainer Gordon Elliot paid tribute to the six-year-old daughter of Kalanisi.

“Fayonagh was doing a warm-up canter on the Skryne gallops before she was due to work this morning,” he said. “Davy Russell was riding her and, unfortunately, she broke a hindleg.

“It’s a hard blow for everyone – her owner Mrs Gittins and all the staff in the yard. She was a very good mare and after winning on her hurdling debut at Fairyhouse early this month we were looking forward to a good campaign with her.”

In addition to winning four bumpers from five attempts, Fayonagh also prevailed in the Grade 1 Racing Post Champion Bumper at the Punchestown festival a month after her Cheltenham success.

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