August 4, 2021 at 17:20 #1553387TongeParticipant
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Happy retirement to Pour La Victoire, bowing out on a win at the age of 11 at his beloved Brighton today. What a horse he has been for his connections
https://www.racingpost.com/news/race-reports/pour-la-victoire-bows-out-with-dream-victory-on-same-day-bar-opens-in-his-honour/504120?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=RP%20-%20Reports&utm_content=PourLaVictoire&utm_term=NullAugust 4, 2021 at 17:30 #1553391The Tatling CheekilyParticipant
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Aye Tonge, thats the way to go out.August 4, 2021 at 17:53 #1553392IanDaviesParticipant
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Brighton is one of my favourite tracks and I am pleased they are naming a bar after this marvellous horse.
But, if they ever name a race after him too, please make it a race over a trip he actually won at and a Class he was actually competitive in.
Thanks in advance.August 4, 2021 at 20:38 #1553405TriptychParticipant
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What a lovely story Tonge and happy retirement to Pour La Victoire a fantastic horse to own.
Brighton will miss him but they have ensured he will always be remembered.
JacThings turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...August 4, 2021 at 23:35 #1553417
Lovely to hear about Pour La Victoire
This thread seems the best place to also mention an “unretirement” – Lady Buttons has returned to training as it seems she is not going to be able to become a broodmare. It sounds as if connections are going to take things gradually and see what she tells them about whether a return to the racing is appropriate.August 7, 2021 at 13:43 #1553737GladiateurParticipant
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Caspian Prince has been retired, after an old injury flared up.
One word: ledge.August 10, 2021 at 11:40 #1554200ProngParticipant
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Sir Maximilian has been retired at the age of 12August 11, 2021 at 01:05 #1554281
Some wonderful old Flat performers bowing out recently
The classy French-trained In Swoop, last year’s German Derby winner and second in the Arc, has also been retired due to injury.
Wishing them all long and happy retirements.September 6, 2021 at 17:15 #1559315
Prince Of Arran, placed in the Melbourne Cup three times, has been retired https://www.racingpost.com/news/hes-been-a-superstar-for-me-prince-of-arran-retired-after-kempton-run/509061September 13, 2021 at 16:06 #1560397TongeParticipant
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Nicky Henderson has announced that Altior has been retired. He’s going to Mick Fitzgerald’s. A legend at his peak and pleased to see they’re not making him struggle on now that age has clearly caught up with him.September 13, 2021 at 17:02 #1560401MoyenneCornicheParticipant
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Was lucky enough to see him in the flesh on 9 occasions and he won every time.
He had a 4 year period where he was unbeatable, proper horse.September 13, 2021 at 17:23 #1560402He Didnt Like GroundParticipant
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Glad Mick Fitz is getting him , he was always his biggest fan , not surprised especially as Nicky has the new 2 mile kingSeptember 13, 2021 at 17:31 #1560404FinalFurlong91Participant
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A truly magnificent horse
What a sight it was watching him power away after the last fence like he had 3 more gears than every other horse in trainingSeptember 13, 2021 at 17:42 #1560407Cork All StarParticipant
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Altior was a fine chaser but my favourite performances by him were over hurdles.
His win at Kempton on Boxing Day when he hit a flat spot but then powered many lengths clear was pure class.
I was convinced he would win the Supreme and he ended up winning one of the strongest ever renewals, beating Min and Buveur D’Air with plenty of good horses strung about behind. If he had stayed over hurdles, he would have won a Champion.
A pity the end of his career was marred by Henderson and his nonsense over the ground on Tingle Creek day but he was a great chaser and I hope he has a nice, long retirement.September 13, 2021 at 18:38 #1560413IanDaviesParticipant
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I remember being at Newbury in February 2015 and having a decent bet on Barters Hill at 12/1 win only in the concluding bumper.
There were a couple of Henderson likely sorts in there, but I thought they might not be unduly knocked about and took them on.
In hindsight I was VERY fortunate.
For the pair were Buveur D’Air and Altior!
Altior was a marvellous horse, a cracking novice hurdler, a cracking novice chaser and a good Champion Chaser.
He often took a while to pick up, but then relentless surge once he did….
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