Popular Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude retired

Paul Carberry guides Monbeg Dude to his biggest success at Chepstow

PICTURE: Getty Images Popular staying chaser Monbeg Dude retired By Lewis Porteous 11:15AM 22 NOV 2016

MONBEG DUDE, who cut through the heavy ground at Chepstow like a hot knife through butter for a memorable success in the 2013 Welsh National, has been retired.

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A dour stayer, Monbeg Dude has been off the track since injuring a tendon when finishing third in last year’s Grand National at Aintree and after meeting a further setback in his recovery, trainer Michael Scudamore has decided to call time on his career.

"He was on the road back and the problem just flared up again," said Scudamore. "He's going to need a bit more time off. He's eleven now and by the time he was back he’d have been 12 pushing 13. He’s been so good to us and it’s about time we were good to him – he deserves a nice retirement."

Owned by a trio of former rugby players- James Simpson-Daniel, Nicky Robinson and Mike Tindall- Monbeg Dude will be best remembered for his last-to-first win in the Welsh National under a masterful ride from Paul Carberry.

Scudamore added: "There were so many good days. Obviously the Welsh National and the ride from Carberry was great but he had two wins round Cheltenham, was fourth in a Hennessy and third in the National and without him we wouldn’t have had the likes of Next Sensation. We owe him a lot."

The winner of four of his 24 races, Monbeg Dude amassed £261,997 in win-and-place prize-money and will now join part-owner Tindall and wife Zara Phillips at their home on the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

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