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JP's Kid Cassidy beats odds to be in running

A 'MIRACLE' horse who has cheated death twice will run in the famous colours of Limerick millionaire businessman JP McManus on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham.

Eyes will be on the 'lucky' horse, Kid Cassidy, from the in-form Nicky Henderson in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase at the track.

His first escape came in February last year at the UK's Newbury track when two of his fellow competitors, Fenix Two and Marching Song, were fatally electrocuted in the parade ring before the opening race.

JP's horse Kid Cassidy felt the electric shock, which was later pinpointed to a live underground cable. The horse staggered but then returned to the safety of the ring's rubber walkway before he felt the full effects.

Then, last November in the UK's Lingfield, he took a crunching fall that left him winded. He was on the danger list at a veterinary hospital for several hours.

"Three hours after the fall, his pulse dropped to zero and the vet said he had a minute to live if he did not pull round," Mr Henderson later reported.

The course's managing director, Edward Gillespie, said tickets were "already sold out" for today's Gold Cup day.

The course experienced its biggest second-day crowd since 2007 -- with more than 108,000 people thronging the track on the first two days.

Irish Independent