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Champion Hurdle hero Katchit dies, aged 10

Last Updated: 10/01/13 6:11pm

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Katchit, the winner of the 2008 Champion Hurdle, has died after an attack of colic at the age of 10.

The diminutive gelding made little impression when trained on the Flat by Mick Channon but proved far better when switching disciplines with Alan King at Barbury Castle.

After making an early and successful start in the juvenile ranks at Market Rasen in September 2006, he rose right through the division to end up winner of both the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Aintree equivalent.

Set some stiff tasks in open company as a four and five-year-old, Katchit was to enjoy his crowning moment when beating Osana by a length in the 2008 Champion.

However it was to be the final victory for the son of Kalanisi, who was owned by the DSJP Syndicate.

Hindered by injury, he tried stepping up in distance and ran his last race when third to Overturn in the 2011 Coral Hurdle.

Katchit's regular jockey Robert Thornton tweeted: "No words I can write can explain how much the little warrior meant to myself and the team at Barbury. RIP little man."

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