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Beat The Bank won half of his 18 races and came close to glory in the QIPCO British Champions Series glory but his story had a tragic end.
After battling typically gamely to land the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile at Ascot for a second time, by a nose, it became apparent he had injured himself.
Sadly, he had suffered a complicated leg fracture and could not be saved.
“It’s always very sad and tough when you lose a horse, but he did so much for us and was just a magnificent racehorse. To win five Group Twos is incredibly hard to do and even though he didn’t win a Group One, he couldn’t have gone much closer in the Queen Anne last month,” Ian Balding, his trainer, said in a blog for Betway a couple of days later.
“He was so tough, he never knew when he was beat and he showed all his bravery again on Saturday. It’s heartbreaking for everyone at the yard as well as those involved with King Power Racing. He was such a popular horse, the chairman absolutely loved him and he was a big reason why he became so passionate about racing.
“Kevin Hunt and Sandeep Gauravaram, who looked after him, will feel the pain as much as anyone, as will Josh Bryan who rode him out every morning.
“It was tragic for him to go out like that, but he has given us so many great days and we will remember him forever. I’d also like to thank everyone for all the kind messages, he clearly touched a lot of people and it shows how close-knit the racing community is.”
Beat The Bank’s career can be divided into two.
In ten races outside of Group 1 company, he lost only once – winning five Group 2 races.
But in nine races Group 1 races, he was winless.
The five-year-old had shown he was getting closer at the highest level before his death, never more so than when beaten a neck by Lord Glitters in the 2019 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot 2019.
“I’m delighted with that – I have no idea what went wrong at Newbury [when Beat The Bank was unplaced in the Lockinge Stakes] but that was more like him today,” Balding said.
“The winner is a good horse and there has never been much between them when they’ve run against each other [Lord Glitters had finished a neck second to Beat The Bank in the Summer Mile at Ascot the previous year] and it’s a pretty good standard.
“We’re quite keen to try him over a mile and a quarter and we might look at the Eclipse Stakes next.”
Beat The Bank was effective on any ground and tremendously game.
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