Imperial Guest Dies

2012 Stewards’ Cup runner-up Imperial Guest has been put down after fracturing a bone in his hind leg at Kempton today.

The son of Imperial Dancer was returning to the races for the first time since October and was sent out favourite for the Betdaq Mobile Apps Conditions Stakes.

Something went amiss during the running of the race and jockey Ian Mongan pulled the gelding up after he lost his action with two furlongs left to run.

Trainer George Margarson was clearly devastated when talking about the incident.

“This is a big loss for the yard I’m in bits,” Margarson said.

“He took a bad step and there was no way back for him.

“He hadn’t even had a gallop.

“We only ran him to get him ready for Dubai – he was meant to fly out on Sunday.”

While Imperial Guest only won six races from his forty-two starts Margarson was quick to play tribute to the horse that was a regular participant in the big-field handicap races around the country.

“He was a star, a super horse who always gave everything,” Margarson said.

“He won some nice races but he was unlucky not to win more.

“At the age of seven he was in the prime of his life and I’m sure he would have won more good races.”

Imperial Guest had an excellent conclusion to 2012 winning the Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Heritage Handicap at Goodwood before going on to run a terrific fourth behind Maarek in the Group 2 Qipco British Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October.

Julia Feilden-trained Sprit of Sharjah went on to win the race from Irish gelding Chapter and Verse.

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