The horse died at the weekend and I felt he deserved a mention.<br>When at his best, he won a Cathcart and a Murphy’s Gold Cup, the latter was much to my chagrin at the time as he short-headed the wonderful Strong Promise.<br>He was a talented racehorse but he kept more than a little bit for himself, who could ever forget the 1997 King George, where he was cantering all over a future Gold Cup winner after jumping the last, but opted not to go any quicker when AP McCoy asked him to.<br>As mentioned in the Racing Post article, he was not everyones’ favourite horse, but he still deserved a much longer retirement than he enjoyed.
Very sad, I only saw the ‘rogue’ end of his career but he was a real character.
Tabasco Cat, a sire and Classic winner in the States, also died recently, and of course the breeder of Bollin Eric sadly passed away this weekend. I read of those three and thought it couldn’t get any worse this morning – then the news from France arrived. All in all this has been the worst week in racing I can remember for a long time, long before you get to the Fallon/jump off debacles.
I read Alan Potts’ book The Inside Track and he said the horse was not one to bet on after one of his bets beat Challenger De Luc into second in a tight finish. For the punter, this was good advice.
These are the horses I really like though because they have these different instincts. Must have been exciting and infuriating for the people involved closely with him. I bet he brought them some enjoyment! <br>