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Nacarat - Kempton 25/02/2012   PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

POPULAR grey Nacarat was retired on Saturday following his run in the Racing Plus Chase at his beloved Kempton, ending a career spanning 38 starts which encompassed nine victories.

Trained by Tom George and owned by Simon Clarke, Nacarat was imported from France and made a winning debut for connections in a handicap chase at Wincanton on January 5, 2008.

Although a winner of the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in 2010, the front-running 12-year-old turned in his best performances over 3m at Kempton, with the flat, galloping track playing to his strengths.

He was twice victorious in the the Racing Plus Chase, in 2009 and 2012, and also produced a series of creditable efforts in the King George VI behind Kauto Star and Long Run, and in 2011 secured a Grade 1 victory in the Totesport Bowl at Aintree.

Nacarat was unable to bow out with a victory on Saturday, finishing 12th of 13 runners, and trainer Tom George said: "That's it for him. The mistake he made on the first circuit was the first like that of his life. He was telling us he has had enough."

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