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Of the 40 in the yard, hes the one I can put hand on heart and know hell win every year

Roy Briggs talks to trainer John O'Shea about Nordic Prince, who is still enjoying his racing at the age of 14Tell us about him Never been sound for a full day since he arrived but has a tremendous heart. Of the 40 horses in the yard, he's the one I can put hand on heart and know he'll win every year.

What's he like at home? Pulls out every morning a bit pottery but soon warms up. He's had plenty of problems but his main asset is he just enjoys racing so much.

Likes Being turned out every day; carrots; mints.

Dislikes None.What would you say to people who ask: why is hestill racing? I believe I'm doing the right thing for him. He goes up the gallops every day with enthusiasm like he's never been up there before. He just loves it.

When is he likely to retire? First sign he's no longer enjoying the game, that will be it.

What will he do then? As far as the owners and I are concerned he'll have a home for life - he owes nobody a penny. He won't just be turned out.

He'd like to be doing something, probably a bit of hunting just to keep him happy.


Age 14 Trainer John O'Shea Owners Marlene Whitehead/Con Dobious First race/win Worcester, November 8, 1995 Total wins and earnings 14 wins from 57 starts (pounds 69,078) Best achievement Scoring five times in 2000 Favourite track Doncaster Background Formerly with Tom Tate, he was bought by O'Shea for just 6,000gns in 1997 ``with knee problems'', before going on to make a winning debut for new yard


Nordic Prince: still enthusiastic on the gallops every day
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2005
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