Bonanza Boy: dual winner of the Welsh National during a successful career
Popular chaser Bonanza Boy dies aged 30
BONANZA BOY, dual winner of the Welsh National and a star of trainer Martin Pipe's stable in the late 1980s, has died aged 30.
The popular chaser, who also won the 1989 Racing Post Chase in memorable style having been been tailed off before going on to score under Peter Scudamore, was a grand servant to Pipe and owners George and Angie Malde.
His 15 victories included a bumper, four hurdles and ten chases and he enjoyed a happy retirement at the Malde's farm in Exmoor, where he will be buried.
Pipe'sson David, who rode Bonanza Boy to win a hunter chase in 1994, paid tribute on At The Races, saying: "He was not a very big horse but really courageous. He loved the mud and galloped all day. He won loads of top class races but his best performance must have been winning a hunter chase around Ludlow when I was on top!
"He had a fantastic retirement and he was a great racehorse who gave his all. He was a real talent. He was a top-class horse and you don't appreciate how good they are until you try and find another one."
Speaking on David Pipe's website, Chester Barnes, long-time assistant trainer at Pond House, said: "He was an amazing old horse who also won the Racing Post Chase, Rehearsal Chase and Ansells National as well as finishing third in the Stayers' Hurdle and fourth in a Cheltenham Gold Cup.
"He enjoyed his retirement with his owners and was a local celebrity until recently, making regular appearances at local fetes and events."