Our grand, old, chestnut, Balgair, has been with Newmarket Racing Club since we launched at the beginning of 2020 but, now, the time has come for him to start a new adventure in retirement.
After discussions with his trainer, Tom Clover, it was decided that now was the right time to retire the 9yo from racing, and whilst we are saddened to do so, the great news is he goes out sound in both mind and structure, ready to start a new vocation.
Balgair was the first horse we purchased to launch this Club and he has been a tremendous asset, winning our first race, under Ross Birkett, and here at Newmarket too and although there were no crowds there that day due to Covid, he didn’t know that and to win comfortably by six lengths was more than we could have dreamed of. Significantly, he won first time out as a 2yo for Johnny Portman before finding his way to Tom Clover and, in total won six races all told, always running his heart out, sometimes too enthusiastically… but that was him!!
As a club we don’t know life without Balgair and we will all miss him greatly but we feel he has done enough to warrant a long and happy retirement.
A big thank you must go to trainer, Tom Clover, his regular rider, Paul, and the Kremlin House Stables team – and of course, to his dedicated owners who, we know, are sad to see him go but will also be looking back fondly on some fantastic memories…
Thank you, Balgair – enjoy your well deserved retirement!