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Rainbow Bridge retired, won’t defend Cape Town Met title

Dual Met winner Rainbow Bridge will not defend his title within the World Sports Betting Cape Town Met on Saturday, 29 January at Kenilworth racecourse.

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Trainer Eric Sands informed the Sporting Post website {that a} collective determination by the SA Horse Of The Year’s connections had led to the choice to name time on an illustrious career.

“He has had a niggle on the near fore and it has deteriorated over time with age and wear and tear. He ran a courageous third in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate on Saturday and I noted some discomfort.”

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Sands stated it was a troublesome determination to make simply weeks away from him bidding to win the Met for the third time.

“But between his owners Mike and Norma Rattray and Breeder Mary Slack, and myself as the trainer, I believe the right decision has been made. He owes nobody anything and it’s not worth risking anything for a top horse who has given his all,” added the veteran coach who stated that his star can be retired to the Wilgerbosdrift paddocks.

“He will stay with us here at Milnerton and won’t travel until he is 100% right and comfortable to do so. We may give him a send-off as he has been a faithful and wonderful horse.”

Originally a R300 000 National Yearling Sale purchase, Rainbow Bridge was bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein and retires as a 7-year-old gelded son of Ideal World (Kingmambo).

Rainbow Bridge gained over R8 million in earnings

He is out of the seven-time winner and a number of SA Champion broodmare Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master).

Rainbow Bridge gained 11 races from 22 begins for stakes of over R8 million.

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At the time of publishing there are actually 16 horses left within the working for this year’s a hundred and sixtieth Grade 1 Cape Town Met over 2 000m for a prize fund of R2 million.

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