was pleased to hear that Joncol has been given an honourable retirement. The almost black horse was a smart novice chaser and really made his mark in the 2009/10 season, when he won the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown, thrusting himself into the Cheltenham Gold Cup picture.

His trainer Paul Nolan was adamant that the horse needed soft ground and he resisted the temptation to send him to Cheltenham in unsuitable conditions. Sadly the horse suffered a series of injuries and also survived an attack of colic.

The disruptions took their toll on Joncol – who did well to even make a comeback, but was unable to run with the same zest of old. He ran at Down Royal over Christmas in a hunter chase – in good company mind, but was unable to get into contention and thereafter the decision was made to retire him.

We are delighted to report that Joncol is to remain at Paul Nolan’s yard where he will want for nothing and is sure to lead a happy and busy life. We would like to thank his connections for making this astute and considerate decision and wish them – and the horse a very happy future.