“Heartbreaking decision made today to put down one of our top staying chasers, Beautiful Sound, due to a persistent cancerous growth on his leg that was making life uncomfortable for him. Very hard decision but along with his owners we had to do what was best for him. Undoubtedly a horse who never got to fulfill his potential. It never seems to happen to the bad ones…”
That was the Tweet issued by Gordon Elliott on Thursday 19th January 2012 regarding the ante-post 2012 Grand National favourite Beautiful Sound.
It was clearly a heart breaking decision given the immense potential that Beautiful Sound had shown recently. The 10-year-old had just six starts under Rules, winning at Punchestown and Fairyhouse before finishing third in the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival last term.
Owned by Michael O'Leary, trainer Gordon Elliott revealed that connections had little choice but to have the gelding humanely destroyed due to his illness.