Cheltenham Festival Fatalities

A list of the horses who have died running at the Cheltenham Festival between 2000 and 2018.

The entries below contain the following information, in the order listed below:

Name of horse

Age at death

Type of race: Hurdle, Chase, or National Hunt (NH) Flat

Cause of death

Number of horses in the race

Jockey’s status: Amateur (A), Conditional (C) or Professional (P)

Deaths:

2018

  • North Hill Harvey – aged 7 – Chase – Fell, Injured: Destroyed – 22 ran – P
  • Dresden (IRE) – aged 10 – Chase – Fell, Injured: Destroyed – 22 ran – P
  • Some Plan (IRE) – aged 10 – Chase – Fell: Fatally Injured – 22 ran – P
  • Melrose Boy (FR) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Struck-Into: Destroyed – 23 ran – C
  • Sandsend (FR) – aged 5 – Hurdle – Broke Near-Foreleg: Destroyed – 24 ran – A
  • Report To Base (IRE) – aged 6 – Novice Chase – Fell, Fractured Neck: Dead – 19 ran – P
  • Mossback (IRE) – aged 6 – Novice Chase – Fell, Fractured Shoulder: Destroyed – 16 ran – A

 

2017

  • Current Event (FR) – aged 10 – Chase – Tendon Injury: Destroyed – 23 ran – A
  • Hadrian’s Approach (IRE) – aged 10 – Chase – Fell, Broke Foreleg: Destroyed – 24 ran – A
  • Toe The Line (IRE) – aged 8 – Novice Hurdle – Broke Leg: Destroyed – 16 ran – P
  • Consult De Thaix (FR) – aged 5 – Novice Hurdle – Fell, Broke Neck – 15 ran – P

 

2016

  • Long Dog – aged 6 – Novice Hurdle – Shattered Leg: Destroyed – 19 ran – P
  • Montdragon (FR) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Collapsed and Died – 24 ran – C
  • Niceonefrankie – aged 10 – Chase – Fell, Dead – 22 ran – C
  • No More Heroes (IRE) – aged 7 – Chase – Tendon Injury: Destroyed – 8 ran – P
  • The Govaness – aged 7 – Hurdle – Fell Injured: Destroyed – 19 ran – P
  • Pont Alexandre (GER) – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Broke Hind Leg: Destroyed – 20 ran – A
  • Rezorbi (FR) – aged 5 – Novice Chase – Fell – Fatally Injured – 20 ran – P

 

2015

  • Rolling Star (FR) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Fell: Dead – 25 ran – P
  • Theatre Queen (IRE) – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Fell, Injured: Destroyed – 17 ran – A

 

2014

  • Captain Cutter (IRE) – aged 7 – Novice Hurdle – Pelvic Injury: Destroyed – 18 ran – P
  • Raya Star (IRE) – aged 8 – Chase – Fractured Spine: Dead – 23 ran – P
  • Akdam (IRE) – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Brought Down, Broke Foreleg: Destroyed – 24 ran – C
  • Stack The Deck (IRE) – aged 5 – NH Flat – Fractured Off-Fore Knee: Destroyed – 22 ran – P
  • Our Conor (IRE) – aged 5 – Hurdle – Fell Spinal Injury: Destroyed – 9 ran – P

 

2013

  • Matuhi – aged 10 – Chase – Fell, Spinal Injury: Destroyed – 22 ran – C

 

2012

  • Abergaveny – aged 5 – Hurdle – Fell, Broke Elbow: Destroyed – 28 ran – P
  • Featherbed Lane (IRE) – aged 7 – Hurdle – Broke Leg: Destroyed – 28 ran – C
  • Scotsirish (IRE) – aged 11 – Cross Country Chase – Broke Hind Leg: Destroyed – 16 ran – A
  • Garde Champetre (FR) – aged 13 – CrossCountryChase – Broke Down: Destroyed – 16 ran – A
  • Educated Evans (IRE) –aged 7 – Novice Chase – Broke Hind Leg: Destroyed – 20 ran – P

 

2011

  • Lush Life (IRE) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Injured Hind Leg: Destroyed – 23 ran – P

 
2010

  • Izita Star – aged 7 – Hurdle – Spinal Injury: Destroyed – 28 ran – P
  • Fairyland (GER) – aged 7 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall – 24 ran – C
  • Citizen Vic (IRE) – aged 7 – Chase – Fatal Fall – 9 ran – P
  • Casey Jones (IRE) – aged 9 – Chase – Brought Down Injured: Destroyed – 24 ran – P

 
2009

  • Clarified (IRE) – aged 7 – Chase – Injured: Destroyed – 23 ran – C

 
2008

  • Whispered Promises (USA) – aged 7 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall – 24 ran – C

 

2007

  • Swift Thyne (IRE) – aged 7 – Novice Chase – Spinal Injury: Destroyed – 19 ran – A
  • Little Brick (FR) – aged 8 – Chase – Broke Shoulder: Destroyed – 23 ran – C

 

2006

  • Bayard (USA) – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Broke Neck – 24 ran – P
  • No Where To Hyde (IRE) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Broke Leg: Destroyed – 30 ran – P
  • Holy Orders (IRE) – aged 9 – Hurdle – Broke Hind Leg: Destroyed – 20 ran – P
  • Sh Boom – aged 8 – Hurdle – Injured: Died During the Night – 20 ran – P
  • Basilea Star (IRE) – aged 9 – Novice Chase – Fatal Fall – 22 ran – A
  • Mr Babbage (IRE) – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Broke Shoulder: Destroyed – 22 ran – A
  • Millenaire (FR) – aged 7 – Novice Chase – Broke Back: Destroyed – 22 ran – A
  • Olaso (GER) – aged 7 – Hurdle – Broke Foreleg: Destroyed – 24 ran – P
  • Buck Whaley (IRE) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Broke Neck – 29 ran – P
  • Alfred The Great (IRE)–aged 4–Novice Hurdle– Severed Tendon: Destroyed – 24 ran – C
  • Kalmini (USA) – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Injured: Destroyed – 24 ran – P

 
2005

  • Persian Waters (IRE) – aged 9 – Chase – Collapsed and Died – 24 ran – A
  • Laska De Thaix (FR) – aged 6 – Novice Chase – Broke Foreleg: Destroyed – 18 ran – P
  • Great Travel (FR) – aged 6 – Chase – Fatal Fall – 24 ran – P

 

2004

  • Tardar (NZ) – aged 8 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall – 24 ran – C
  • Atlastaboy (IRE) – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Injured: Destroyed – 22 ran – A
  • Magic Bailiwick (IRE) – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Fatal Fall – 22 ran – A

 

2003

  • Old California (IRE) – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Fatal Fall – 27 ran – P
  • Dorans Pride (IRE) – aged 14 – Chase – Fatal Fall – 24 ran – A
  • Comex Flyer (IRE) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall – 28 ran – P

 
2002

  • Valiramix (FR) – aged 6 – Hurdle – Broke Shoulder: Destroyed – 15 ran – P
  • Rouble (IRE) – aged 6 – Novice Hurdle – Broke Leg: Destroyed – 27 ran – P
  • Tapping Tam (IRE) – aged 6 – Novice Chase – Injured: Destroyed – 26 ran – A

 

2001: Abandoned

 

2000

  • Gloria Victis (FR) – aged 6 – Chase – Fatal Fall – 12 ran – P

 

By jockey status:

A = Amateur: 17

C = Conditional: 12

P = Professional: 35

Deaths by year

Cheltenham Festival Deaths 2000 – 2018
Year Nos. Dead
2018 7
2017 4
2016 7
2015 2
2014 5
2013 1
2012 5
2011 1
2010 4
2009 1
2008 1
2007 2
2006 11
2005 3
2004 3
2003 3
2002 3
2001 Abandoned
2000 1
Total 64
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