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With a single, imbecilic act, Gordon Elliott may have lost all of his great racehorse training empire

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Gordon Elliott.

Gordon Elliott.

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Gordon Elliott.

In Barry Geraghty’s book True Colours, he paints an arresting picture of the December day at Cheltenham in 2007 that Macs Joy was lost to a broken leg.

Remembering the small, bay gelding as “my little star” and “a gorgeous horse”, Geraghty all but humanises Macs Joy for the reader. The language used resonates with connection and respect, with love and ultimate heartbreak in its recall of that Bula Hurdle, the horse freakishly snapping a tibia on a flat section down the back straight of the racecourse.

Dismounting immediately, Geraghty – with the skilled assistance of ghost-writer, Niall Kelly – hauntingly describes the trauma of what follows.


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