Rainbow Bridge retired

Rainbow Bridge retired


An injury has forced one of South Africa’s great horse, Rainbow Bridge, into retirement.

In a statement released on Thursday, trainer Eric Sands broke the sad news to the racing public.

He wrote:

In the words of Mrs Norma Rattray: “All good things must come to an end.”

Sands added: I was very pleased with Rainbow Bridge’s effort in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate on Saturday. A perfect run, in preparation for the upcoming Cape Town Met.

But it is not to be. He jarred his near fore knee in the race, and it has got progressively worse throughout the week. After consultation with (owners) Mr and Mrs Rattray, we have decided it is in the best interest of Rainbow, as he is affectionately known in the stable, to retire him. He has done us proud, and his well-being is first and foremost.

It was a tough decision for many, but not so in the case of the Rattrays. They would never risk their Horse Of The Year being seriously injured. It is an honour and a privilege to train for such owners.

After them, I spoke to Mary Slack, who bred Rainbow Bridge at Wilgerbosdrift Stud. Sad, yes, but the decision was unanimous. Rainbow deserves the best.

He will stay in my yard until he is ready to travel back to his “nirvana” at Wilgerbosdrift. In the yard we will embrace his well-deserved retirement.

I “found” him on the farm, as I did with my previous Horse Of The Year Flobayou, and I must go searching again.

A big thank you to all his supporters.

The seven-year-old son of Ideal World raced 26 times for 11 wins and 13 places. He won five Grade 1 races – the Cape Town Met twice, the Gold Challenge twice and the Champions Cup.



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