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It was a fairytale ending to the racing career of Bandit D'Ainay, who immediately after passing the post first under the champion jockey Brian Hughes at Hexham on Saturday, that his connections announced his retirement, hence allowing Bandit DAinay to go out in a blaze of glory.

Bandit D'Ainay who will be 13 years old in just over two months, may not retain the ability he showed in his hey day in France when winning four chases, but the will to win is still there, as he stayed on bravely for a neck success. It is great credit to his connections that they have decided to bring his racing career to an end at this point, and I am sure we all wish Bandit D'Ainay the happiest and longest of retirements.

To keep up to date with all the latest happenings at Oakwood Stables, Sharp Hill, and Curlew, click on 'NEWS' at www.mickyhammondracing.

Congratulations to the connections, The Golden Cuckoo.

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