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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Bridger decides the time has come to retire veteran Megalala - probably

Trainer John Bridger with much-loved 20-time winner Megalala
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The end appears to be nigh for Megalala as a racehorse, but the 17-year-old veteran has not quite been put out to pasture yet.

Purchased by John Bridger in 2004, Megalala has been seen on the course every year from 2005 to 2017, and has won 20 times from 148 starts.

But after he became the oldest horse to win on the Flat since the second world war when striking at Lingfield as a 15-year-old in 2016, Megalala's powers appeared to be on the wane last year when he finished down the field on seven starts.

Speaking on Tuesday, Bridger said: "It looks like I'm probably going to retire him. He's happy, is not a hassle and looks well. He looks a million dollars.

"To look at him, if you were short of a horse you'd put him out tomorrow, but I haven't got to do it."


Age 17
Races 148
Wins 20
Last win Lingfield, June 18, 2016
Highest rating 83 (as an 11-year-old)

A Rocky-esque comeback would not surprise, given the affection in which Bridger holds Megalala, and he will be kept busy, just in a different sphere.

"What's going to happen is one of the girls in the yard is going to take him to a veterans' show and we'll go from there, but he'll probably be retired." Bridger added. "At the moment he's out enjoying the summer."

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It looks like I'm probably going to retire him. He's happy, is not a hassle and looks well
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