My Will: a winner of eight of his 40 starts and £457,536 in prize-moneyPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Chaser My Will retired after Cheltenham run
MY WILL, third in the 2009 John Smith's Grand National, has been retired after finishing tenth in the Raceodds Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.
A winner of eight of his 40 career starts and £457,536 in win and place prize-money, My Will was without victory since scoring in a Grade 3 chase at Cheltenham back in 2006, the second of two victories at the course.
Owned by the Stewart family, My Will ran in both the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National last year, finishing seventh to Imperial Commander at Prestbury Park before falling at the fourth fence on his return to Aintree.
Revealing the news on Saturday, trainer Paul Nicholls wrote on his Twitter account: "My Will retired gracefully after today's run at Cheltenham. Been a great servant and a pleasure to train."
Jockey Nick Scholfield, who partnered My Will on eight occasions, responded to the news by tweeting: "Just heard of the retirement of My Will. He's been a great horse to me and given me some class rides. Legend."
As well as his third to Mon Mome in the 2009 National, the 11-year-old recorded two victories at Grade 2 level and twice finished runner-up in the top grade.
Nicholls also used the medium of Twitter to confirm that Taranis had escaped unscathed following a heavy fall at the second-last in Saturday's Grade 3 victorchandler.com Chase.