Rooster Booster dies on gallops

Rooster Booster died on the gallops this morning while being prepared for the Stan James Christmas Hurdle at Sandown on St Stephen's Day.

Rooster Booster died on the gallops this morning while being prepared for the Stan James Christmas Hurdle at Sandown on St Stephen's Day.

“He died of either a haemorrhage or a heart attack. We’re not sure yet,” said trainer Philip Hobbs.

The 11-year-old grey won the 2003 Champion Hurdle and was runner-up to Hardy Eustace the following year.

``At least he died enjoying what he did best,'' said Hobbs.

“He was having a gallop ahead of the Christmas Hurdle when it happened.”

Rooster Booster was runner-up to Harchibald in that race at Kempton last year.

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