Connections have known as time on the profession of top-class hurdler Buveur D’Air, with JP McManus’ racing supervisor Frank Berry hailing the twin Champion Hurdle hero a “unbelievable horse”.
A winner of no fewer than eight Grade 1s for Nicky Henderson, he bows out on the age of 11 after connections determined in opposition to returning him to full coaching for one more marketing campaign.
His ultimate look got here when ending down the sector in final season’s Morebattle Hurdle following an 11-month absence, however the slick-jumping performer will likely be greatest remembered for his back-to-back Champion Hurdle triumphs in 2017 and 2018.
Rated 172 at his peak, the French recruit additionally received back-to-back runnings of the Preventing Fifth Hurdle, whereas additional top-level successes got here within the High Novices’ Hurdle, Aintree Hurdle, Christmas Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
In his early days at Seven Barrows he carried the colors of Potensis Bloodstock Ltd and Chris Giles, however he was offered to hitch McManus forward of the 2016-17 season.
Berry advised the Racing Publish: “He’s been a unbelievable horse – it’s exhausting to search out the likes of him. His two Champion Hurdles had been sensible however we had some nice days with him.
“Nicky and his staff did a beautiful job with him through the years. All credit score to them for preserving him sound and preserving him going.”
Berry added: “He’s going to have a superb retirement. He’ll have good companions down in Martinstown with regards to Champion Hurdle winners.
“He simply had a number of little points and wasn’t fairly firing on all cylinders so it appeared like a superb time for him to retire now somewhat than begin him again for the winter.”
Buveur D’Air received 17 of his 27 profession begins, amassing simply over £1.2 million in prize-money.
Courtesy of Racing Publish.