Scudamore retires Monbeg Dude

Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude will spend his retirement with Zara and Mike Tindall at Gatcombe Park after time was called on his near seven-year racing career.

Michael Scudamore (C) poses alongside Mike Tindall (L) and James Simpson-Daniel (R) with Monbeg Dude

The 11-year-old claimed the Chepstow showpiece for trainer Michael Scudamore back in 2013 to add to two notable Grade Three Cheltenham successes.

Monbeg Dude also counted a fine fourth in the 2014 Hennessy among his placed results and was last seen finishing third behind Many Clouds in the 2015 Grand National at Aintree.

The Witness Box gelding was owned by the Oydunow syndicate, which includes Mike Tindall and fellow former rugby union star James Simpson-Daniel.

The Tindalls will now provide a permanent home for Monbeg Dude at the Gloucestershire estate, which is the country residence of the Princess Royal.

Scudamore said: "There are some mixed feelings.

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"In one way, it's sad to retire him but after the good days we had with him and all the great memories he gave us, it's nice to see him go out in one piece and hopefully have a very long and happy retirement.

"He will be going to Gatcombe with Zara and Mike and I think the plan is turn him out with Toytown, the horse Zara won the world title on. Hopefully they will be great mates.

"He's just got a niggle from the injury he sustained in the Grand National last year and if you gave him more time, he would be fine.

"He's 11, rising 12, now, though, so by the time you got him back, he would be going on 13, which just would not be fair to the horse.

"It's great to see him going to a happy retirement but he will certainly leave a big hole in the yard."

Scudamore pointed to his Welsh National victory as Monbeg Dude's career high, although he felt the gelding's Aintree effort was also of the highest order.

He added: "Obviously the Welsh National was a great and he won twice at Cheltenham for us in the early days too and was fourth in a Hennessy.

"His last run when third in the Grand National was pretty special as well and was arguably his best performance.

"We've had some great days with him and the thing about him was that he wasn't bred to be a superstar.

"He didn't cost a lot of money but he was a really tough performer."

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