Pacha Du Polder, twice a winner of the Cheltenham Foxhunters’ and the horse who Victoria Pendleton famously rode in the same race in 2016, has been retired.
The Andy Steward-owned veteran had run a lack lustre race and was pulled up in yesterday’s renewal at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Paul Nicholls said of the twelve year-old: “Pacha has been awesome. He’s won two Foxhunters and been a great horse all along. He’ll have a great home now. Lucy Sharp, who has always looked after him, and my daughter Megan, are going to have him between them and ride him, go hunting, showing all sorts of things.
“He’s going to be spoiled for the rest of his life and do plenty. Victoria, Bryony and Harriet had amazing days on him and he’s just been brilliant.”
Owner Andy Stewart added: “He’s done very well for us and we’re very pleased for him. He’s been a great horse throughout the years.
“We were so proud that he and Victoria Pendleton took horseracing from the back page to the front page, and then he won the race.
“He’s been a great horse for Bryony Frost and it has been great to see her do so well since then, especially in the Ryanair. She has come through and it’s great that she, and Harriet Tucker, have taken the female riders up the ladder.
“We have done well in the race and we will have to have a look at other horses in the race so we can look forward to having runners in the next few years.”
In all, Pacha Du Polder won ten races, including the Grade 2 Future Champion Novices’ Chase at Ayr and the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury.