Grand National winning horse 'Comply or Die' dies, aged 17
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
, the racehorse who won the has died at the age of 17. His death was announced by his former trainer, . He died over at the weekend in , where he had been staying with jockey . He was cremated on Monday and his ashes will return to Murphy.
Murphy was the jockey in the saddle when Comply or Die won the 2008 Grand National. Speaking to the, he spoke about the horse's death. He said, "He was part of the furniture at home so it's very sad. He gave me the greatest day of my career, obviously that can never be taken away. He paraded at Cheltenham and Aintree and was getting ready to do some dressage in the summer. I'm not actually sure how he died, to be honest, but it wasn't nice to come home to. He was cremated on Monday. He was a happy horse and he was also very clever."
During his racing career he made £798,809 in prize-money after winning a total of eight races.
The 2008 Grand National victory was his greatest achievement and he almost matched it when he came second place in. He retired in 2011 but remained active, often being paraded at race grounds such as and . He also participated in some hunting activities. Pipe said, “Since his retirement he had been a lead-horse at Timmy Murphy’s establishment before trying his hand at dressage, a discipline in which he had proven very successful".
Tributes have been paid to Comply or Die on social media by horse racing fans with several tweeting their appreciation and memories.
- "David Pipe pays Comply Or Die tribute after 2008 Grand National winner dies" — , May 10, 2016
- Mark Scully. "Death of Grand National winner Comply Or Die" — , May 10, 2016
- "Grand National winner Comply Or Die's final resting place will be at his Gloucestershire home" — , May 10, 2016
- Alan Weston. "Tributes to 2008 Grand National winner Comply Or Die, who has died at 17" — , May 10, 2016