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The racehorse who collapsed and nearly lost his life at Cheltenham last year has won the Irish Gold Cup (racing, p64). “I can’t stress enough the job the vets did and how well he was looked after at Martinstown Stud over the summer,” said trainer Joseph O’Brien.
PORTERSIZE JUST A JIFF
Irish event rider Camilla Speirs has announced the retirement of her pint-sized four-star partner, aged 18. The 15.1hh part-bred Connemara took Camilla from Pony
Club to the Olympic Games. The pair competed at Badminton five times, two World Equestrian Games, an Olympics, two senior European Championships and four Nations Cups.
The Grand National hopeful trained by Nicky Henderson has been ruled out for the season following a vet inspection. The Grade Onewinning 10-year-old had been giving a 33/1 chance for Aintree’s iconic race but “an issue reared its ugly head” and he was not entered.