Albertas Run jumps the last under Tony McCoy to win the Ryanair ChasePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cheltenham hero Albertas Run retired
THREE-time Cheltenham Festival winner Albertas Run has been retired by owner Trevor Hemmings.
Trained throughout his 36-race career by Jonjo O'Neill, the 12-year-old won 15 times, amassed prize-money of £908,584, and was only out of the frame on three occasions when completing.
He landed the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase in 2010 and 2011 and also won the RSA Chase at the 2008 festival as well at the Grade 1 John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree in 2010. On each occasion he was ridden by Tony McCoy.
However, he disappointed when running below par and being pulled up in his bid to land a third Ryanair Chase last month and Hemmings has decided to call time.
O'Neill said on Friday: "Horses as good as him do not come along on a regular basis and he will be a desperately hard act to replace in the yard as he was a flagbearer for many years and ran his heart out for you every time."
Albertas Run will now spend his retirement at Hemmings's Ballaseyr Stud on the Isle Of Man.
O'Neill added: "He will be missed in the yard by everyone especially his groom Kate Hanson who has looked after him so well for most of his career.
"But the main thing is he is going out of the game in one piece and has many years of retirement ahead of him as he will be wanting for nothing in his new quarters at Trevor's stud."