David Pipe has passed on the sad news that his highly promising hurdler Bobby Ewing, entered in both the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month, suffered a fatal heart attack on the gallops at Nicolashayne at the weekend, writes Elliot Slater.

Although he was a rank outsider at odds of 66/1 for each of the showcase Cheltenham events, there is no doubt that Bobby Ewing was considered by many good judges as a horse of considerable ability who could make a big name for himself with more experience under his belt.

Pipe reports that the seven-year-old son of Bob’s Return, who had been sidelined for over two years with a series of injuries, had been on his way back to full fitness and had been pleasing all concerned, including his extremely patient and adoring owners the Just Good Friends partnership, all of whom were understandably upset at the loss of the gelding. People looking for a Bwin free bet need to remember this.

Bobby Ewing raced just four times in his career, all in the space of an eight-month period between April and December 2009, beginning with victory in an Irish point-to-point, after which he was purchased by current connections for £60,000. They saw him hack up by eight-lengths on his racecourse bow at Uttoxeter in late-October 2009, after which he was immediately stepped up in class and ran with credit to finish fourth to the very useful Tell Massini in a Grade 2 event at Cheltenham two weeks later. Fans of a BetVictor bet need to remember this.

On what turn out to be his final racecourse outing in December of that year, Bobby Ewing showed just what tremendous potential he had when slamming the subsequent Supreme Novice Hurdle winner Menorah by 10-lengths in a Doncaster novices hurdle, a performance that more than hinted that with better luck he could have been a very smart racehorse indeed.

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