THE VERY WELL RELATED 'LUCA'
ENDLESS CREDIT 24 April 2010 High Chaparral-Pay The Bank-Gelding Owner-Mike and Eileen Newbould.
Endless Credit was purchased by Micky at the Newmarket Autumn horses in training sale of 2014, out of the Luca Cumani yard, a yard he had bought from on previous occasions.Endless Credit, or as he was known by in the yard,'Luca,' didn't race until he was three, winning once and being place twice in each of his three races, which were all at Newmarket racecourse.He failed to win at 4, with his best run coming at Nottingham in July when beaten a nose over one mile and two furlongs. he finished his time at the Cumani yard with a rating of seventy nine having peaked at eighty seven as a three year old.
Endless Credit was bought as a dual purpose horse, and hopes were high for him, with very good cause, because his half brother was the Triumph Hurdle winner of 2008, Celestial Halo, who would also go on to finish second in the 2009 Champion Hurdle, and also be runner up in the 2013 World Hurdle, he also had 4 half brothers and sisters who achieved ratings above ninety on the flat.
After joining us,he started out over hurdles at Catterick, finishing third, he went on to win his next two at Kelso and Hexham where he went off at odds of 1/4. He then went to Aintree's Grand National meeting for the Grade 2 Novices Hurdle, but after a mistake at the second flight, his jumping went to pieces, and he eventually fell two out. All in all it had been a more than satisfactory start to his hurdling career, earning an official mark of 132. His 2015 campaign continued apace, he was straight back on the flat, and in July at Newmarket, Frankie Dettori finished second on him over 1 mile and a half. A week later at Ripon this time with Graham Lee aboard he filled the runner up spot again.The remainder of his form for the rest of that season began to tail off, and after seventeen months without a proper break, he was put away until the following May.
As a flat horse at the age of six he had no secrets from the handicapper, but gave his best, finishing third at Musslebough and second at Thirsk. After another 5 months off the track he reappeared back over hurdles, his best run coming at Wetherby on Boxing Day finishing second off 115 with Fin O'Toole on board.
In April 2017 the decision was made to go chasing, a job his brother Celestial Halo didn't enjoy, but after an inauspicious start when pulling up at Carlisle, he surprised (me at least) when making all at Perth. A month later at Kelso his jumping was poor, and he trailed in last of 4, this would be his last race for eleven months, as he was now fragile making him difficult to keep sound. The best thing to do was to get him as fit as we could for his return, and it paid off when he won at Hexham after nearly a year off, first time back. He couldn't repeat that effort in what proved to be his last two races after that, for us, and in the hope of new surroundings freshening him up, owners Mike and Eileen moved him to the Malton yard of Lucinda Egerton, Back over hurdles, and now 9 years old, that finishing kick just wasn't there anymore.
Endless Credit was very well named as he was a credit, achieving that rare fete of winning on the flat, over hurdles, and also over fences. Have a peaceful, well deserved retirement 'Luca.'