Multiple Grade One winner Thyme Hill has died after suffering a deadly injury on the gallops.
The nine-year-old received thrice on the highest stage for Philip Hobbs – touchdown the 2019 Challow Hurdle, the 2021 Aintree Hurdle and the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton final Christmas.
Having completed fourth on his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby earlier this month, Thyme Hill was being readied for the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on Friday week – a race wherein he beat Paisley Park three years in the past – however his connections are actually mourning the lack of a secure stalwart.
Johnson White, who joined Hobbs on the coaching licence earlier this yr, mentioned on Tuesday morning: “It’s very sad for the whole yard. He’s been phenomenal for some lovely owners and has taken them on a fantastic journey. We’ve been very lucky to have him.
“His run at Wetherby was OK the other day and he would have gone to Newbury on December 1. He was just doing a routine piece of work this morning and what happened happened, sadly.
“I really feel very sorry for the entire yard as he is been our flagbearer for a variety of years now. Hopefully we now have some good younger horses to achieve his heights, however they take some changing.”