Royal Ascot tragedy as fan favourite horse Arcadian Sunrise dies

FAN favourite racehorse Arcadian Sunrise has tragically been put down – just days after finishing third at Royal Ascot.

The ultra-consistent eight-year-old gelding had been suffering from a short illness, Sean Queally, the son of husband-and-wife and trainer-owner duo John and Miriam, confirmed.

Arcadian Sunrise, who had won seven of his 18 races, returned from Royal Ascot unwell and died on Thursday.

His sad death came just two days after he was third in last Tuesday’s Ascot Stakes.

Arcadian Sunrise landed connections a £12,090 prize for finishing just a length-and-a-half behind 14-1 winner Coltrane in the Class 2 2m4f contest.

The horse was always popular with punters and was the star of John and Miriam’s Dunvargan yard in Waterford, Ireland.

Sean told the Racing Post: “It’s terrible. We didn’t get to see how good he was and he was only starting to get going.

“He ran some race at Ascot and could have even been closer.

“He barely ever finished out of the frame. He was always in the prize-money.

“That day at York [when he won the 2021 Sky Bet Handicap], he was so impressive. He was all guns blazing for the [upcoming] Galway Hurdle.”

Arcadian Sunrise, who won on the flat and over jumps, won connections a total of £145,555 from his 18 races.