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Norton's Coin dies; RACING.

NORTON'S COIN, who sprang one of the biggest shocks in racing history when winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1990, has died.

It is thought that the 20-year-old suffered a heart attack.

Norton's Coin entered racing folklore in 1990 when lifting the blue riband of chasing at odds of 100-1.

He was running in the race solely because he had missed the entry deadline for a handicap at the meeting, and he set off for Cheltenham only after Griffiths had milked the cows on his West Wales farm early in the morning.

But Norton's Coin, ridden by Graham McCourt, defied his humble background to score a famous victory by three quarters of a length from Jenny Pitman's Tony Tobias, with odds-on favourite Desert Orchid only third.

Originally a successful point-to-pointer and hunter chaser, he won six races under rules all told, notably outsprinting top two-miler Waterloo Boy in the South Wales Showers Caradon Mira Silver Trophy back at Cheltenham in 1991.

He was retired in 1993 after an operation failed to cure problems with his breathing.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 16, 2001
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