Moorcroft Boy died from a severe colic, he was 28 years oldPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Scottish National hero Moorcroft Boy dies at 28
MOORCROFT BOY, whose recovery from near-fatal injury to win the 1996 Scottish National was described by trainer David Nicholson as a fairytale, has been put down after suffering from a severe colic. He was 28.
Moorcroft Boy was retired by owner Ken Manley immediately after that emotional victory at Ayr and in his second career became a standard-bearer for the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre in West Sussex, his high profile proving of considerable assistance in helping to spread the word about the rehoming and rehabilitation potential of the ex-racehorse.
He won five of his 25 races, finished third in the 1994 Grand National, and there were few dry eyes in the winner's enclosure at Ayr after his emotional Scottish National success.
In his autobiography Nicholson wrote: "After the race I was barely able to speak, as the result was a true fairytale. Winning the Scottish Grand National with Moorcroft Boy gave me as much pleasure as anything in my racing life."