Le cheval de course préféré des fans, Lil Rockerfeller, meurt tragiquement d'une crise cardiaque quelques instants après avoir terminé deuxième de la course

FAN FAVOURITE racehorse Lil Rockerfeller tragically died from a heart attack just moments after finishing second in a race.

The highly versatile ten-year-oldwho had recently been ridden by Bryony Frost and Harry Cobdensuffered the fatal episode after passing the post in a listed contest at French racecourse Auteuil.

Lil Rockerfeller, on the outside in the yellow cap and black and yellow silks, finished gamely to come second before tragically suffering a heart attack moments after the post

Lil Rockerfeller, on the outside in the yellow cap and black and yellow silks, finished gamely to come second before tragically suffering a heart attack moments after the post

Earning connections more than £500,000 during a 50-race career, Lil Rockerfeller will perhaps best be remembered for his 15-length romp at Glorious Goodwood in 2018.

There was also the second-place finish in the StayersHurdle at the 2017 Festival de Cheltenham.

Lil Rockerfeller, who spent most of his career with Wiltshire-based trainer Neil King, Gagné 11 races in all.

He had been transferred to Andrew Hollinshead in France for his stint abroad, though a move back to King seemed imminent.

Tristement, hopes of that reunion were cut short once his passing was confirmed.

Hollinshead said: “It was terribly sad for everyone involved.

I’d only had him for a month and only had him because Tom George’s [entraîneur] temporary licence in France came to an end.

I know how much me meant to Neil and all I wanted to do was get through yesterday and hand him back to him, so it was gutting.

Lil Rockerfeller was an amazing 15-length winner at Glorious Goodwood in August 2018

Lil Rockerfeller was an amazing 15-length winner at Glorious Goodwood in August 2018Crédit: Getty Images – Getty

It was horrible because he was a complete warrior of a horse. He had a heart attack pulling up, James [Reveley, jockey] gave him a super ride and looked after him all the way around and he was upset afterwards.

Racing followers expressed their shock and sadness at the news on social media.

One upset fan wrote: “Crushing news. Absolutely gutted to hear the super tough, resilient and talented Lil Rockerfeller lost his final race and died.

Un autre a dit: “To see the news that Lil Rockerfeller has died has broken me.

A fellow admirer of the horse posted: “So desperately sad for Lil Rockerfeller. Such a sweet legend of a horse I was so fortunate to work with.

Absolutely gutted, what a warrior he was.

Pendant qu'un autre écrivait: “Absolutely heartbroken. Lost for words. RIP Lil Rockerfeller.