Best Mate, successor to Desert Orchid as the nation’s favourite jumper, was asked to make one comeback too many. The three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner collapsed and died at Exeter last week. The 10-year-old suddenly slowed when disputing the lead and is thought to have suffered a heart attack. Many experts rate him as the best chaser since Arkle in the 60s.

On the flat, Makybe Diva attained immortality Down Under, by becoming the first horse ever to land the Emirates Melbourne Cup for a third successive time. “Children are the only people here who will live long enough to see something like this again”, her trainer said after the race.

Back in Britain, Jamie Spencer claimed his first flat jockey championship, registering a total of 163 winners for the season, the last of which went in at 33-1 on Saturday afternoon.