Captain Joy and Pat Smullen are successful at the All-Weather Championships
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Lingfield Park Racecourse

Captain Joy, a winner at the All-Weather Championships, has been retired.

The popular grey overcame colic, which almost claimed his life, before going on to make his mark on the all-weather, landing the 2016 All-Weather Mile Championship at Lingfield Park.

Captain Joy had his final start when running second at Dundalk, last Friday.

Trainer Tracey Collins then decided to call time on the ten year-old’s career, which resulted in 10 victories from 45 starts and just shy of €300,000 in win and placed prize money.

The son of Dark Angel raced in the colours of the late Herby Stanley, from 2012.
Collins said of his retirement:

“We just felt that the horse owed us nothing and we knew going into Friday’s race that he was in very good form, and it would have been great to out on a winning note, but it wasn’t to be.

“He has been a star of a horse for us and he competed in Dubai at the Carnival, but that success at

“Mr Stanley passed away last week and he was a terrific supporter of the yard for a
long time and I just felt that was it was appropriate to call time on Captain Joy’s career now.

“He ran to his mark the other night (96), and he has been rated as high as 110 at one stage and he has been a 90 plus horse since 2012.

“It’s a sad time for everyone in the yard, in particular for Hazel Wallace, who has looked after him so well, but he’ll have a home for life here at Conyngham Lodge.”