Triple Cheltenham winner Vautour put down

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Willie Mullins has confirmed the death of three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Vautour following what the trainer described as a "freak accident".

The seven-year-old gelding, who raced to victory in each of the last three years at Cheltenham, had to be put down after breaking a leg.

Mullins told the Racing Post on Sunday: "He broke a foreleg and has had to be put down. It's very tough to take for all of us.

"Vautour was out in a paddock with another of our horses, Shaneshill - the two of them go out to the same paddock most days.

"We don't know what exactly happened - it must have been a freak accident - but when one of the girls went out to feed the horses Vautour was found with a broken front leg and our vet had no option but to put him down."