Racing News: Danoli, hero of a nation, is retired.
DANOLI, one of the most popular jumpers of recent years and dubbed dub 1
tr.v. dubbed, dub·bing, dubs
1. To tap lightly on the shoulder by way of conferring knighthood.
2. To honor with a new title or description.
3. `the People's Champion' in Ireland, has been retired.
Though his career was plagued by injury, Danoli's big-race wins included a Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle, two Martell Aintree Hurdles and an Irish Hennessy Cognac Cognac (kônyäk`), city (1990 pop. 19,932), Charente dept., W France, in Angoumois, on the Charente River. The French brandy to which Cognac gives its name has been manufactured and exported from the city since the 18th cent. Gold Cup-successes which produced a huge
following in his native land, where he was trained in County Carlow County Carlow (Irish: Contae Cheatharlach) is a county of the Republic of Ireland located towards the south east of Ireland, in the province of Leinster. It has an overall population of just over 50,000, as of April 2006. by Tom Foley.
The trainer said yesterday: "We've been discussing the situation for some time and it has been decided to retire him. He's 12 now and the
injury he got at Liverpool was very, very severe at the time, so we'd hate anything to happen to him now.
"He's given us some great memories and is a horse we'll hardly ever see the like of again. We just don't want to take any kind of chance with him in a chase and see him being put down.
"I still have him here with me for now. He's out during the day and in at night, and seems in grand shape.
"He'll be taking it nice and easy in his retirement, as his old joints can get a bit sore on hard ground. The one thing he'd love would be to get to one or two of those shows, as he's always liked a crowd cheering him!"
Danoli, who recovered from life-
saving surgery on a fractured fetlock fetlock
a term used for the metacarpo- and metatarso-phalangeal joint of large animals and sometimes dogs.
fetlock flexion test at the Liverpool University Veterinary School Noun 1. veterinary school - a school teaching veterinary medicine
school - an educational institution; "the school was founded in 1900" after winning his second Martell Aintree Hurdle in 1995, won 17 races from 32 starts and was the overall top-rated hurdler in his novice season, 1993/94.
Foley has several special memories of the brave gelding gelding
castrated male horse. by The Parson PARSON, eccl. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of a parochial church.
2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an invisible body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it order to protect and defend the , who became a household name in
He said: "My two favourite wins were the Sun Alliance at Cheltenham and the Hennessy over here. Cheltenham is hard to beat, and to travel there and win was beyond our wildest dreams.
"But my favourite memory was possibly when he was third to Collier Bay at Leopardstown in the 1996 Irish Champion Hurdle The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 2 miles 110 yards (3,319 metres) on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival in March. . That was his first day back after his serious injury and it almost brought tears to my eyes."
Danoli's owner, Danny O'Neill, said: "It's a pity, but all good things come to an end and, at the age of 12, his best days are over.
"His last visit to Cheltenham [when he was favourite for the 1997 Gold Cup] destroyed him. The ground
didn't suit him and he should have been pulled up.
"We'll put him out into a field by the house and let him run around enjoying the rest of his days."
Charlie Swan Charlie Swan (born January 20 1968) was a former top National Hunt jockey in Ireland in the 1990s. He will always be associated with the great Istabraq, on whom he won 3 Champion Hurdles. enjoyed some great moments with Danoli, winning on him seven times. The pair landed a huge gamble in the Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle and took two Martell Aintree Hurdles together.
Swan said: "He was a lovely horse and a real gent. He was so tough and genuine-those were his strongest points. He had real courage, as he showed when cracking a bone in his leg at Liverpool. He was the second-best horse-after Istabraq-that I've ever ridden."
Tommy Treacy, who rode Danoli to another emotional victory over Jodami in the 1997 Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown, said: "He was
super and was very good to me-we had some nice times together.
"Any time he got round in a chase, he was never far away. He had a heart like a lion and was a great horse to be involved with."