Aintree hero Pineau De Re retired at Uttoxeter

Leighton Aspell riding Pineau De Re (R) win The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree

Pineau De Re (white silks) lands the 2014 Grand National

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TRAINER Richard Newland on Saturday called time on the racing career of 2014 Crabbies Grand National winner Pineau De Re after the 13-year-old was pulled up in the feature handicap chase at Uttoxeter.

Ridden by Nico de Boinville, Pineau De Re was never really travelling and appeared to be struggling with a circuit to run at the Staffordshire circuit, and was well behind when pulled up before the fourth-last fence.

Newland, who made the decision to retire his stable star on the spot at Uttoxeter, said: “We have decided to retire the horse in one piece as he has been an absolute star for us. We bought him to win the Grand National and he did just that.

“He obviously owes us nothing so thoroughly deserves his retirement. Age has caught up with him, like it does all of us, and he was never really looking happy before being pulled up in the race.

“We will decide what his future in retirement might be but he might well be doing something with the Retraining of Racehorses charity. He has been a lovely old horse to train and deserves his retirement.”

Pineau De Re retires as the winner of eight of his 48 races under rules and £677,271 in prize-money.

 

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