Michael Owen's horse put down after shattering leg
A horse owned by former footballer Michael Owen has been put down after it was injured during a race in the Republic.
Classic-winning horse Brown Panther was pulled up by jockey Richard Kingscote midway through the Irish St Leger at The Curragh yesterday.
Owen admitted the events had reduced him to tears.
"It's the saddest day of my life," he said. "A shattered hind leg that was irreparable ended his life."
Brown Panther, trained by Tom Dascombe at ex-England footballer Owen's stables in Cheshire, was returning from a leg injury.
He won 11 of his 28 races during a career which also included second place in the St Leger and an eighth-placed finish in the Melbourne Cup.
Brown Panther also won the Goodwood Cup in 2013 and the Dubai Gold Cup earlier this year, and gained the sole Group One victory of his career - Owen's first and so far only success at the highest level - in last year's Irish St Leger.