In pictures:The best and worst in horse racing 2004

Where: Ascot
When: 28 April

One of this year's saddest stories was the death of the popular Persian Punch.

The game front-running gelding collapsed and died of a heart attack in front of a shocked grandstand after being pulled up.

The 11-year-old clocked up a total of 20 wins and over 1m in prize money.

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