Bouggler, winner on his seasonal reappearance at Market Rasen, looking back at his best, and generally 20-1 for the Hennessy Gold Cup horse racing event at Newbury later this year, has suffered a career-ending injury and been forced to retire.
The 2009 Grade 2 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle winner (as pictured) sustained the damage to a digital flexor tendon in the United House Gold Cup at Ascot last Saturday, chasing the winner Houblon Des Obeaux to the last but pulled up lame after the finish, after which it was discovered he had suffered another tendon injury.
Emma Lavelle said: “He picked up a similar injury when he ran in the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 and missed 18 months, and this one is a little bit lower down on the same leg – the tendon is completely gone."
“He ran a fantastic race at Ascot but was in trouble on pulling up after the line and he won’t run again. He’s owned by a syndicate who adore him and he’ll have a very nice life.”
The 8yo's trainer added "He is a very talented horse and it's disappointing, but he will be able to go and do something else hopefully.
We certainly wish Bouggler a happy retirement in whatever he goes on to do.