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Goodwood Hero Big Orange Ready For A Life Of Leisure

Friday, 22nd February 2019

Champion British stayer Big Orange (Duke Of Marmalade-Miss Brown To You, by Fasliyev) has been officially retired, as reported by The Racing Post. The Michael Bell trained 8yo gelding sustained a minor leg injury in the G2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) in March last year and unfortunately it has flared up again on his return to training, prompting Bell to call time on his racing career. The front running crowd favourite ran in two Melbourne Cups, finishing fifth in 2015 and 10th a year later, when he ran a close third in the G2 Sandown Classic (2400m). The embattled stayer also won dual Goodwood Cups ((3200m) he was very nearly the first horse to win three consecutively, finishing second to Stradivarius (Stravinsky) in 2017), and two Princess Of Wales Stakes (2400m) at Newmarket. But perhaps most memorably for his connections was his hard fought G1 victory in the 4000m 2017 Royal Ascot Gold Cup. Bell said "He gave us so many happy days but the highlight of his career was the Ascot Gold Cup. It was a fantastic race and all his qualities came to the fore. Everyone loves a horse that seemingly gives their all. He stuck his neck and head out and made himself even bigger when in a battle." The gelding will return to his owner-breeder's property just south of Newmarket, where he will be purportedly "spoilt for the rest of his life."

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