Intersky Falcon trots off for his pension

Former top-class hurdler Intersky Falcon has been retired after he was beaten on his second start over fences at Stratford.

Former top-class hurdler Intersky Falcon has been retired after he was beaten on his second start over fences at Stratford.

Tony McCoy pulled up the Jonjo O'Neill-trained nine-year-old before the second-last fence in the Easibed Novices' Chase, won by Yes Sir.

"He's been a smashing horse. He's won the Fighting Fifth, the Christmas Hurdle (twice) and we had a great run with him all the time," O'Neill told At The Races.

"He didn't really like the fences that much but he's got out in one piece and we're all happy about that.

"We are delighted he's in one piece so we can give him a good retirement."

Intersky Falcon, owned by interskyracing.com and O'Neill's wife Jacqui, had made a successful chasing debut at Newton Abbot in May. He won 12 of his 36 races, earning a total of £390,997 in prize money.

Terry McDermott, spokesman for interskyracing.com, said: "He's certainly given us the best of our racing days over the past six years.

"If I had to pick a favourite memory of all the good ones it would be when he won the (John James) McManus Memorial Hurdle at Tipperary twice - that is a Grade One race and we had a fantastic time over there.

"We haven't completely finalised his retirement plan yet, but he deserves a good rest and a good home and he'll get that."

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