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Double blow to Gold Cup trainer

LIAM COLLINS THE trainer of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner War of Attrition was dealt a double blow yesterday - hours after his mother passed away came news that injury would force the famous horse out of racing for the season.

Michael 'Mouse' Morris said he was devastated by the turn of events.

"Everything has hit me, as I lost my mother last night as well. I've got to get my head around it all myself. I'm devastated," he said.

Lady Sheila Killanin died on Friday. She was the widow of the late Lord Killanin who was, for many years, president of the International Olympic Council.

Lady Killanin was born in Oughterard, Co Galway and was a granddaughter of WD Dunlop, who builtLansdowne Road in 1872 which remains the oldest international rugby ground in the world.

Her father, Canon Douglas Dunlop, was rector of Oughterard. The couple had three sons George, Michael (Mouse) and John. Lady Killanin will be buried in Bohermore, Co Galway next week.

Meanwhile, the horse which won the famous Gold Cup in spectacular style at last year's festival suffered a leg injury yesterday morning during a canter at the Everard Grange Stud near Fethard, Co Tipperary.

The horse, owned by Ryanair's Michael O'Leary, will miss Cheltenham and is likely to be out of racing for at least the rest of the season.

"We would like to thank Mouse Morris for the great work he has done with War of Attrition during the season. It was very bad luck on all concerned that the horse has suffered such a setback," said Mr O'Leary.

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