Aces Four (orange sleeves): won six of his 21 career starts and £89,190PICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Mildway winner Aces Four retired after injury
ACES FOUR, who was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase two years ago, has been retired after connections decided to call time on his long battle to return to full fitness.
The ten-year-old joined Ferdy Murphy's operation from trainer Billy McKeown in 2005 and won on six of his first ten runs for Murphy, culminating in his striking eight- length victory at the 2007 Grand National meeting.
Ferdy Murphy: praised Aces FourPICTURE: Jon Winter
However, a terrible fall when holding the lead in a Grade 1 event at Punchestown two weeks after his Aintree win marked the start of Aces Four's troubles. He made two disappointing appearances the following season, but has since been kept on the sidelines and connections have decided the time is right to retire the veteran.
Murphy said: "He was a grand horse and the day he won at Aintree he looked very good. I spoke to the owners earlier this month and we agreed it was better to send him to a quiet retirement than possibly break him down trying to bring him back."
Owned by the DPRP Aces Partnership, Aces Four won six of his 21 starts and £89,190 in win and place prize money.