A PAIR of champion male racehorses shared a romance worthy of any Shakespearean tragedy earlier than destiny tore them aside, their coach has revealed.
Star-crossed stallions Simonsig and Triolo D’Alene – who each ran within the Grand Nationwide – have been even shunned by different horses after falling in love, very similar to doomed pair Romeo and Juliet.
They have been each skilled by Nicky Henderson at Lambourn, Berks, and first attached whereas summering at Hillwood Stud.
As geldings, they have been unable to consummate their relationship – which was cruelly minimize brief when Simonsig handed away following a fall throughout a race final November
Henderson informed the Washington Put up: “I imply, it should be color. Needed to be about color, didn’t it?
“As a result of the bays have been all in a pack, and 500 yards away, on their very own, have been the gray [Simonsig] and the chestnut [Triolo D’Alene]. They usually simply spent the entire summer time like that collectively.”
The pair have been pressured to spend autumn and winter alone earlier than getting collectively the following summer time and resuming their affair.
Henderson added: “So what you’d name Triolo and Simonsig, I don’t know, but it surely was two boys that fell in love with one another.
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“I imply, the entire thing was bizarre. The factor was bizarre. However the factor out within the discipline was the extraordinary half, how they have been utterly and completely ostracised or wished to be separate from the bays.
“And there have been at all times ten in that discipline, yearly. And I’ve by no means seen it occur earlier than.”
Tracy Vigors – who runs Hillwood Stud – defined: “They began segregating themselves off collectively.
“It was fairly obvious fairly rapidly they have been very a lot bestie-mates, I suppose you’d say.
“They’d stand collectively, eat collectively, stroll collectively, trough collectively, eat out of the identical meals manger.
“They have been like finest buddies within the human selection, who go to the pub collectively, who buy groceries collectively. You see canine cuddled up collectively. They have been nearly like that.”
Each of the horses loved profitable careers with Simonsig successful eight of 13 races over jumps and Triolo D’Alene successful seven.
However in November 2016, Simonsig broke a leg falling on the third fence at Cheltenham and needed to be humanely put down by vets.
Henderson added: “They’d kind of shout for one another when the horse field acquired house.
“However then rapidly he wasn’t going to return off the horse field.
“I don’t assume — you’ll be able to’t say he cried or he did something like that; we have been all doing that bit. You’d be making up tales should you stated that [he mourned].
“I believe you’d be making issues up should you stated that he didn’t eat for per week.”