Trainer Paul Nolan has decided to call time on the career of his Grade One-winning hurdler Shinrock Paddy after he burst a blood vessel at Navan on Sunday.
The 10-year-old was one of the top novice hurdlers in Ireland in 2009, but was pulled up when a leading fancy for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival that season.
He went on to win two more races, including the 2011 Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas, but recent results have been disappointing and after pulling up in Sunday’s Foxrock Handicap Chase, Nolan has drawn stumps.
Nolan said: “We’ve decided to call it a day with him. He burst a blood vessel badly on Sunday and it’s the third time it’s happened, so there is no point carrying on with him.
“He ran fourth in the Proudstown (Handicap Hurdle) in Navan on his first run of the season and we thought that maybe we could get him back.
“We freshened him up after he ran at Leopardstown at Christmas, he was working well at home and scoped clean, but going to the races creates a different buzz in their system and unfortunately he bled again.
“He is so well handicapped, if he didn’t bleed he’d win by a fence, but unfortunately that’s the condition he has. He bled after two fences on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Mad Brian has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury at Navan on Sunday.
The eight-year-old looked set to secure a second victory over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Novice Chase, but parted company with Keith Donoghue at the final fence, gifting the race to Irish Thistle.
As if that was not frustrating enough, trainer Gillian Callaghan subsequently discovered her stable star had suffered an injury that will sideline him for the rest of the campaign.
Callaghan said: “It is very frustrating. If it was just losing the race, we could live with that, but unfortunately he won’t run again this season.
“He looked to lose his action coming to the final fence and then he obviously unseated.
“After the race we found he’d broken a bone in the back of his knee, so obviously he’s going to need some time off.
“He might have to have some keyhole surgery in about five weeks, but we’ll just see how it goes.
“Fingers crossed we can get him back.”
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