The horse that finally ended A.P. McCoy’s long wait for a Grand National victory has been retired by owner JP McManus.
‘Don’t Push It’ won the National in 2010, ending the 15 year losing streak for for jockey A.P. McCoy and handing him the only trophy missing from his cabinet. In 2011 ‘Don’t Push It’ finished an impressive third behind eventual winner National winner Ballabriggs.
It was expected that he would have one last crack at the Aintree fences in 2012, but connections ruled out one last hurrah for the talented chaser due to disappointing performances.
Speaking to the Racing Post trainer Jonjo O’Neill said “He had not really been sparkling in his recent homework and the last thing we wanted to do was make him carry on doing something he was not really happy with.
“After speaking with JP and his racing manager Frank Berry we all decided the best thing to do was call it a day as he owes nobody anything after what he has done. He’ll now be off to JP’s stud for a long retirement.
“It will be not be easy to replace him in the yard and he’ll be missed by everyone at Jackdaws Castle and, I am sure, the jump racing world as a whole.”
We will surely miss him, he was a fantastic chaser and worthy winner of the 2010 Grand National. His career prize winnings amounted to more than £750,000 winning after eight wins and numerous placings.