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Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace retired after loss

Eustace Hardy
Hardy Eustace and Conor O'Dwyer celebrate their 2005 Champion Hurdle win

Two-time Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace has been retired following his defeat at Punchestown on Thursday.

Trainer Dessie Hughes opted to call time on the 13-year-old's career after the gelding finished second behind Footy Facts.

"The fact that he couldn't beat Footy Facts means he won't be able to compete in Grade Ones and there are no other races for him," said Hughes.

"He's been a good tough horse with a lot of class.

As well as those two victories in 2004 and 2005 at Cheltenham, Eustace Hardy also won the 2003 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle at the Festival.


Owned by Laurence Byrne, Hardy Eustace won 15 of his 46 starts, including seven Grade Ones, amassing over £1m in prize money.

"He will be ridden out every day until the spring and he'll go out to grass in the summer and we'll bring him back in again I'm sure," said Hughes, who will keep Eustace Hardy at his stables in County Kildare.

"He won't want to do nothing, so we'll have to keep him moving. We'll keep him happy and it's nice to have horses like him in the yard."

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Champion win for Eustace
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