Joncol enters the winner's enclosure after the 2010 HennessyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hennessy Gold Cup winner Joncol retired
JONCOL, winner of the 2010 Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown, has been retired after his run in a hunter chase at Down Royal on Thursday.
The ten-year-old has had a catalogue of leg injuries and illnesses since his landmark win and was switched to point-to-points this autumn after pulling up in the Grand National and at the Punchestown festival.
Owners Dan and Kathleen Browne were keen to give him one more chance, but he finished more than 50 lengths behind the winner On The Fringe and will not race again.
Trainer Paul Nolan said: “There was no point continuing with him after a number of different problems meant he couldn’t race to the level he used to.
“He’s one of the best we’ve had and the Hennessy Gold Cup was definitely our best day with him. He will stay at our yard.”
He added: “Dan and Kathleen have four horses with us now and are the backbone of the yard. Hopefully, they will have more luck with their horses.”
Nolan won the Racing Post Handicap Chase and Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Thursday with King Vuvuzela and Defy Logic and gave both a clean bill of health after tough races, saying: “They are both 100 per cent.”