Smad Place is retired through injury
January 31, 2018
Smad Place, who gave Alan one of his most magical successes when capturing the 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, has been retired.
Time has been called on what has been a wonderful career for Trish and Peter Andrew’s popular grey, and the 11-year-old will return to his owners to enjoy retirement.
Alan said:”Smad Place has damaged his right-fore suspensory ligament, and, while it is not too serious, this was always going to be his last season and with it being enough to stop we have decided to call it a day. It could have been worse – it could have happened earlier in his career.
“Barbury won’t be the same without him,” added Alan. “This year will be the first time that he hasn’t gone to Cheltenham for eight years.
“He has been a wonderful horse for us and there are so many magnificent memories. The Hennessy has to be top of the pile – it’s one of the iconic races of the season and run at our local course, and to win it was very exciting.”
Smad Place joined Alan from France as a three-year-old in 2010 and won three times over hurdles before establishing himself as a high-class chaser, whose bold jumping, front-running style made him a huge favourite with everyone.
He ran his rivals into submission in the Hennessy, taking command at half-way and winning by 12 lengths, and he ran at the Cheltenham Festival every year from 2011 to 2017, finishing third in the Stayers’ Hurdle in 2012 and 2013 and runner-up in the RSA Chase the following year.
Smad Place had three attempts at the Gold Cup, his best effort being his sixth place in 2016, and he gained his ninth and final victory in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last October. His prize money earnings were only £6,000 shy of £500,000.