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Many Clouds remembered at Cheltenham

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Oliver Sherwood thanked the support of racegoers at Cheltenham on Saturday in helping to remember the career of former Grand National winner Many Clouds, a year on from his untimely death at the track.

The 10-year-old collapsed and died after inflicting what was then a first career defeat over fences for Thistlecrack, who had previously won the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase.

In memory of the horse, officials at Prestbury Park held two question and answer sessions with the Lambourn trainer, along with showing a screening of the film 'Many Clouds - The People's Horse', which was directed by former jockey Nathan Horrocks.

Sherwood said: "I was just saying it is amazing how time flies as you are getting older. I'm just honoured to be asked to do things like this. I am a great believer of looking forward, not back, but it is a great honour for people to be still talking about it.

"It says a lot about the horse and you have to take that as a positive. We have just got to look forward now and it is my job to find another one like him.

"It has been really tough. I'm not a big yard and seeing the plaques he has above his old box has been tough. As I said this time last year, you have to celebrate his life, as it happens to us all equine and human.

"I love Flat racing, but these horses are around longer and the grit and determination he had to win, people related. That is what Many Clouds did.

"His box was full a few days later with another Trevor Hemmings' horse. That horse, The Fresh Prince, won that day this time last year. It was his box and his plaques are still there. I am not sure he will be as good as Clouds, but we can dream."

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