Fans of the Cheltenham Racing Festival would not see The Last Samuri anymore as the 2016 Grand Nation runner-up owned by Paul and Clare Rooney will now retire. The 11-year-old horse would have been a participant in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase of the Cheltenham Festival. However, he was unable to complete in a veterans’ chase last Saturday at Newbury.
Racing manager to the owners Jason Maguire said that the Rooneys are glad about the decision to finally put The Last Samuri in retirement as he is in excellent condition. According to Maguire, the horse has given his owners some impressive runs, with his second in the 2016 Grand National the most notable.
Maguire also explained that The Last Samuri was actually brought to Harry Fry to see if there is something they can do to regain his old form. However, the Rooneys saw that it is not a good idea to slog the horse any longer. Because of this, they ultimately decided to retire him after Newbury and pass up his entry at the Cheltenham Festival 2019.
The Last Samuri was originally trained by Donald McCain, wherein he won eight out of his 27 entries. In 2015, he was transferred to Kim Bailey before joining Harry Fry last November.
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