Noel Meade's dual Grade 1 winning chaser Disko who is owned by Michael and Eddie O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud suffered a fatal accident when falling at the last fence in Friday's Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown.
Earlier on in the race and just before the third flight to the finish there was more trouble for Gigginstown when market favourite Road To Respect when knocked and stumbled and crucially ended his chances of landing the race.
But the big problems for the owners and Meade came when Disko who was coming back from a 419 day lay off due to a serious injury which saw him recover from a fractured skull and a cracked wither.
Disko was only seven years of age and had only had 13 career starts to date. He was highly thought of in the Meade yard and his reappearance was something that everyone was looking forward to, it is a sad moment for the sport.
(Credit Racing Post) Meade said: "It's very sad.
"He was a very good horse but an unlucky one in terms of injuries. He damaged his back and had to be put down."
In Disko's career he picked up six wins out of 13 appearances, four of his wins came from only eight appearances only fences in which he won two Grade 1 Chase contests in the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown and the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown festival.
The grey geldings final success on a race course was back in 2017 where he went on to score in the Grade 2 chase at Down Royal.
(Credit At The Races)