I watch horse racing every day, and there are “wow” moments when iv’e just seen the next superstar, to the sadness of horses retiring or even dying.
And the ones that make me smile and go all warm and fuzzy inside.
Saturday 11th December 2012, over the world famous Grand National fences was one of them for me.
Retired Hello Bud to go hunting
Saturday 15 December 2012
By Ashley Wishaw
Hello Bud’s next assignment will be on Christmas Eve as the 14-year-old starts life as a retired racehorse.
Nigel Twiston-Davies, the horse’s trainer, decided to call it day on Friday despite the evergreen mount of his son Sam handing the family an emotional victory at Aintree last Saturday.
Hello Bud captured the Becher Chase for a second time and although the trainer had suggested earlier this week that he intended to run the horse in the Grand National, he had had a change of heart.
“He’ll go to the North Cotsworld Hunt next,” Sam Twiston-Davies told Racinguk.com at Cheltenham. “He will be put out in the field with Baby Run and Bindaree. He will get ridden out every day of the week and will be treated like a king.”
Hello Bud’s tenacious victory at the Liverpool track prompted Sam Twiston-Davies to call for the horse’s retirement but his father believed the horse to be a prime candidate for the Aintree marathon.
Hello Bud’s possible participation in the Grand National had prompted concerns from animal right campaigners, which Twiston-Davies senior had labelled as “ridiculous.”
The dual Grand National-winning handler stated that as a prominent racer Hello Bud would have no problems negotiating the Aintree fences once more, telling The Guardian of his win last week: “He’s led them a merry dance [in the Becher], he’s beaten a previous National winner.
“I’ll withdraw him instantly if they can prove that his age is going to put him at such a great risk but I don’t think they can.”
Happy retirement boy.
— Kate Bilsborough (@KateBilsborough) March 19, 2015
He now enjoys life at his trainers yard turned out combined with going hunting