Popular Royal Ascot winner Creative Force dies at York as tributes pour in

The racing community have paid tribute to Royal Ascot winner Creative Force following a fatal injury in the Duke Of York Clipper Stakes.

The five-year-old was put down following the incident on Wednesday afternoon after dropping back from the field of 11 as the race got to the halfway stage.

A statement from ITV Racing read: "Creative Force has sadly been put down following a fatal injury in the Duke Of York Clipper Stakes. Our thoughts are with connections at this difficult time."

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One emotional tribute read: "Heartbreaking. RIP, thoughts are with all connections." A second fan said: "Gutted for Creative Force, you will be missed."

A third posted: "Very sorry that Creative Force has been injured fatally and has had to be put down at York. Racing can be very harsh at times."

A fourth added: "Can't believe the sad news about Creative Force losing his life at York, RIP lad, you were a fantastic sprinter."

Trained by Charlie Appleby, William Buick was the jockey at the time of the incident with the duo going into the race as the favourites.

Having pulled up, Azure Blue went on to win but thoughts were very much with Creative Force and all those who have a connection.

A matter of days before the fatal meeting, Creative Force was back to form with victory at Haydock Park in the Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes.

Having not won at the track since the Group One Champions Sprint Stakes in October of 2021, a return to the winner's enclosure followed.

Jockey James Doyle said at the time: "He usually comes to the fore when you need him. Hopefully this is just a bit of a stepping stone to better things.

"Obviously he does enjoy getting his toe in, but he is still effective on quicker ground. So he should be in for a good campaign. He certainly hasn't lost his enthusiasm over the years."


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