Top trotter retired to stud

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    CARDIGAN BOKO - Photo Jodie Hallows

    CLASSY trotter Cardigan Boko’s career has come to an end.

    The Swedish-bred son of Varenne was retired by trainer Clive Dalton earlier this week after showing signs of soreness following track work.

    With Cardigan Boko overcoming several major issues during his career, Dalton decided the stallion deserved to enjoy life.

    And enjoy it he will, with Dalton to stand the nine-year-old at stud!

    “He pulled up sore after working on Tuesday and I can’t put him through any more hassles,” Dalton said. “He has been such a good horse to me.

    “In October 2015 he cracked a pastern, and then while he was recovering in a paddock, he twisted a bowel and had to be operated on.

    “He came back and won another six races, but has also been hampered by back issues.

    “He was going to race in the Bill Collins Trotters’ Mile on the weekend, but after showing some soreness, I just said that’s it, I can’t put him through any more.”

    Boasting 22 wins and five seconds from 38 starts, which netted five track records, Cardigan Boko will stand at Fairhaven Park in Shepparton for $1800 including GST.

    “This was going to be his last season and we bought a couple of mares to breed to him next year, but they’ll be served this season now,” Dalton said.

    “He is a magnificent looking stallion, which had a great gait and plenty of ability.

    “He’s got such a marvellous temperament you wouldn’t even know he’s a stallion.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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