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Stable stars retired

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Two of the Tarry yard’s flagbearers of recent years, Equus Champion French Navy and the brilliant, but unlucky, Trip To Heaven, have been retired.
Both horses were wonderful servants for the yard, and both will be missed!

Bred by the Sandown Stud, French Navy was South Africa’s Equus Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding of 2014-2015. The son of Count Dubois won six times, including both the G1 SA Classic and G1 Daily News 2000, in a career which saw French Navy bank more than R5 000 000 in prize money.
French Navy won or placed in no fewer than 8 G1 races, and was also victorious in the 2016 G3 London News Stakes.

He was owned by Chris Van Niekerk, with Chris also owning Trip To Heaven, in partnership with Sean Tarry Racing CC, and Derek and Lance Michael.

Without doubt one of the best, and most unlucky, horses not to officially win a G1 race, the Highlands Farms bred Trip To Heaven was a superb galloper, whose tendency of losing ground at the start of his races undoubtedly cost him more than a few wins.

A half-brother to the yard’s G1 winner The Hangman, Trip To Heaven was first past the post in the 2016 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge but lost the race in the boardroom and was eventually placed second.
The son of Trippi did, however, enjoy big race success with Trip To Heaven victorious in the G2 Merchants (twice), the G2 Joburg Spring Challenge, and G2 Diadem Stakes.
The gelding was placed in no fewer than six G1 races, and was second twice in both the Rising Sun Gold Challenge and Cape Flying Championship.


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