War Artist back in 2009
JAMES EUSTACE'S War Artist has run his last race of the year as the trainer prepares him for a lengthy campaign in 2009.
Kingsgate Native beats War Artist (right) to take Golden Jubilee spoilsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Glamorous trips to the likes of Hong Kong and Australia had been considered for this winter and next spring, but connections feel they can wait and War Artist will be best suited by a long break and a return for the start of the next British season.
Following his transfer from South Africa, the six-year-old benefited from two warm-up runs before finishing second in both the Golden Jubilee and Duke Of York Stakes before a fine third to leading sprinter Marchand D'Or in the July Cup.
"He ran three great races at the top level and was unlucky not to win one, proving himself very consistent," said Eustace.
"After the July Cup we let him down for a couple of weeks and he then had a slight problem with a hind leg that put him out of the Sprint Cup at Haydock.
"He had been in training for quite some time and I just felt he had also had enough for the moment.
"We will put him away until Christmas and look to bringing him back for something like the Abernant Stakes next spring.
"As a six-year-old gelding, his only earnings will be the prize money he wins and I feel he will be an ideal type to campaign for the Global Sprint Challenge races later on that season."