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Nicky Henderson leads tributes as Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth dies



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Nicky Henderson has been leading the tributes after it was announced that Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth has died following a “freak accident.”

Trained at Seven Barrows, he won a total of 11 races and they included the likes of the Hennessy Gold Cup [known as the Ladbrokes Trophy], Lexus Chase, Albert Bartlett, Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase and the Gold Cup in 2013.

Henderson, who saw Bobs Worth win almost £750,000 in prize money during a phenomenal career, described him as a “legend.”

Bobs Worth winning the Hennessy Gold Cup [Ladbrokes Trophy] at Newbury
Bobs Worth winning the Hennessy Gold Cup [Ladbrokes Trophy] at Newbury

“It is tragic news,” Henderson told Sky Sports Racing. “You can call a lot of things legends, but Bob was one of them.

“He was a fella that we’ll never forget, we had some just fantastic times. Three consecutive Cheltenham Festival wins in three different races was incredible.”

Henderson purchased him off Barry Geraghty, who enjoyed plenty of success when riding him during his career.

“I spoke with Barry Geraghty, who I actually bought him off in the first place, and he rode him throughout his amazing career which included the three Cheltenham Festival’s, the Hennessy Gold Cup [Ladbrokes Trophy] and the Lexus Chase in Ireland – he was an absolute legend.

“It wasn’t that he was brilliant, he would just drop for you and he did it every time he came up Cheltenham Hill and he just put his head down and fought.”

Charlie Vigors and his family at Hillwood Stud, Aldbourne, have looked after Bobs Worth since he retired in 2016.

“He would die for you and sadly he has died,” said Henderson. “He was having the most wonderful retirement and he was only 17.

Barry Geraghty and Bobs Worth
Barry Geraghty and Bobs Worth

“He could have had another 10 years with what he was doing with Charlie Vigors and their boys who rode him every day.

“I feel desperate for them as much as I do for everyone who was connected with him.”

Geraghty, on his Twitter account, said: “It is so sad to hear Bobs Worth passed away this morning.

“He was loved and adored by anyone who was ever involved with him since we had him as a youngster to his time @sevenbarrows and in his retirement with Charlie & @wickhamwicks and their boys. He was a real star.”

Hillwood Stud added: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Bobs Worth has suffered a freak accident in the field and has passed away.

“He was more than a horse to us, part of the family and will leave a huge void in our lives. RIP our friend and thank you for the amazing memories.”



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