Announcing the retirement of Holywell

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When we purchased Holywell at the Cheltenham November Sale in 2011, for £70,000, little did we know what a star he would turn out to be.

He started off by finishing 3rd in a Novice Hurdle at Plumpton and then won his second start in a Maiden Hurdle at Chepstow and then on his final start that spring, he was second - beaten 10 lengths off a rating of 119.

The following season he was second on his first three starts, before winning the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, before finishing second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

The 2013 / 14 season he started off over fences, finishing third to Many Clouds at Carlisle. He then went on to win over fences at Catterick and Doncaster before returning to the Cheltenham Festival and winning the Bayliss and Harding Handicap Chase on the first day.

He followed that by winning the Grade 1 Mildmay Novice Chase at Aintree, beating Don Cossack (a future Gold Cup Winner) by 10 lengths.

The 2014 / 15 season he again started at Carlisle, again finishing third to Many Clouds, followed by winning at Kelso in February before going on to finish 4th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Coneygree and also third at Aintree behind Silviniaco Conti in the Grade 1 Betfair Bowl.

The 2015 / 16 season he again saved his best run for the Cheltenham Festival, finishing second in the Ultima Handicap Chase to Un Temps Pour Tout.

It has been an honour to train such a top class horse, who has given his owners Gay, Derrick and Paul Smith so much fun over the years and he’s being retired in great health. We know he will have a long and lovely retirement with Richie McLernon’s family in Ireland.

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