• 31 January 2017

Post Mortem Explains Many Clouds’ Death

Many Clouds died from bleeding on the lung explains a post morteum examination.


The British Horseracing Authority confirmed the horse suffered from a "severe pulmonary haemorrhage".

Tony Welsh, acting chief veterinary officer for the BHA, said: "Episodes such as this are rare, and can occur in horses which have no underlying health issues, and amongst all disciplines of sport horses.

"In spite of the rarity of these incidents, as a sport we are determined to do more to understand what causes these symptoms, and whether more can be done to prevent it."

The 10-year-old Irish-bred horse collapsed after winning the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day, having narrowly beating Thistlecrack. Veterinary staff treated him before pronouncing him dead.

Many Clouds had shown symptoms of post-race ataxia in the past, which had seen him over-heat and "wobble" on his feet, but the horse had never collapsed before, and had shown no symptoms of post-race ataxia on Saturday.


Trainer Oliver Sherwood described him as the "horse of a lifetime".