Proprietor Wealthy Ricci has introduced the retirement of three of of his equine superstars in Faugheen, Douvan and Benie Des Dieux.
Faugheen particularly will go down as one of the vital standard Nationwide Hunt horses of the trendy period, with the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and back-to-back victories within the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton that includes on a glittering CV.
It seemed as if his racing profession may very well be over within the spring of 2019 after he was discovered to be affected by a coronary heart drawback when pulling up within the Aintree Hurdle.
However the choice to embark on a profession over fences the next season on the age of 11 proved a masterstroke by coach Willie Mullins, with Faugheen profitable his first three chase begins together with a memorable Grade One success eventually yr’s Dublin Racing Competition.
He was crushed only a size into third place when bidding for a 3rd Cheltenham Competition success in a pulsating renewal of the Marsh Novices’ Chase in March of final yr – and whereas connections tried to get him again, that proved to be his closing outing.
Ricci, who owns Faugheen in partnership together with his spouse Susannah, informed The Solar: “Faugheen meant quite a bit to Susannah, our son George and me. He was additionally the favorite horse of my nephew Peter and was the impetus of his falling in love with the game.
“Not at all times essentially the most elegant at a hurdle or a fence, he was a trier and knew he was a dude.
“My favorite reminiscence was of his Grade One novice chase win on the 2020 Dublin Racing Competition. The noise and the sprinting of the group to the parade ring was one thing I’ll always remember.
“Now we have been blessed to have owned some particular horses, however Faugheen will at all times have a particular place amongst them.”
In all Faugheen received 17 of his 26 profession begins and amassed over £1million in win and place prize-money.
Ricci additionally confirmed Douvan and Benie Des Dieux have additionally run their closing races.
Douvan received on his first 13 appearances for Mullins, together with Cheltenham wins within the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy.
Nonetheless, he was a crushed odds-on favorite within the 2017 Queen Mom Champion Chase and has run solely 3 times since, most not too long ago profitable the 2019 Clonmel Oil Chase.
Benie Des Dieux in the meantime received eight of her 10 begins for the all-conquering staff, along with her most notable triumphs coming within the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil.
She fell on the closing flight when seemingly set to efficiently defend her Mares’ Hurdle title in 2019, and was simply touched off by the good Honeysuckle when bidding to regain her crown final yr.