Ruby retires at the top
It is with great sadness we would like to inform you that our superstar hurdler and horse of a lifetime Rock On Ruby has been retired.
There were quite a few tears shed by our staff in the tack room this morning when I told them the news. No wonder, because he is a much loved character and a bit of an institution here at Seaborough.
Ruby suffered a tendon injury after his win in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
If he was a younger horse we might have considered treating the injury and bringing him back a year or more later.
But he would be almost twelve by then, he does not owe us anything and it would not be fair on a horse who has taken us all to the highest peaks of jump racing.
Ruby is ten now and his owners have generously given him to my wife Ciara who adores him, and has always looked after him at home. She will ensure that he remains the elder statesman of the yard for the rest of his life.
He will have a break for the rest of this season and have a good summer holiday before coming back into work in the Autumn where he will continue to enjoy leading the string which he has done for the past six years.
He truly is one in a million as his form suggests with 12 wins, 8 seconds, 5 thirds, one fourth place and just one unplaced effort in 27 starts. What a phenomenal athlete.
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