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Punters’ favourite racehorse Beat The Bank tragically dies at Ascot

A STAR racehorse has died after suffering a fatal injury winning a race at Ascot today.

Beat The Bank, a five-year-old gelding, pulled up lame after winning the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes.

Screens were quickly erected around him, and it was later revealed he had died.

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Trainer Andrew Balding tweeted: “Tragically Beat The Bank suffered a fatal injury after winning the Summer Mile for the second year running.

“He was such a brave horse and everyone at Kingsclere and King Power are heartbroken.

“Sadly, he suffered multiple and inoperable fractures”

Andrew Balding

“We will remember him forever.”

Beat The Bank was owned by King Power Racing, which was founded by late Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash last year.

Winning nine out of 18 races in his brief career, Beat The Bank was dubbed King Power’s first “superstar”.

A witness at the race tweeted: “What a tough horse Beat The Bank is and what a day for King Power Racing.

“Fingers crossed he’s OK, looked to pull-up very sharp heading to the line.”

Later, it emerged that the horse reportedly suffered multiple and inoperable fractures and was put to sleep.

As the sad news broke on Twitter, punters gave their condolences.

Kim Christer wrote: “Gutted. He gave everything to win that.”

“Went out on his shield alright,” wrote Craig Spittle.

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