Group 1 winner Al Ferof has been forced to retire due to a tendon injury. Al Ferof is now 11 and trainer Dan Skelton made the tough decision to draw the curtain down on the popular grey. Al Ferof’s crowning moment was in 2011, when he won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle for then trainer Paul Nicholls. That day he beat the magnificent Sprinter Sacre and Cue Card, in one of the greatest Supreme Novices’ ever watched. Al Ferof was also third in the King George on three occasions, but never repeated that impressive run from 2011.
Dan Skelton wrote on his official Facebook page “Today was a sad day as the popular yard star Al Ferof has been retired. He unfortunately sustained a minor injury which given his age means he has run his last race.
“It was highly likely his run to defend the Peterborough Chase was to be his last, but it was not to be. The injury is a small tear to his flexing tendon, otherwise known as a ‘leg’ but it’s a very small tear, and he’s not in any pain or has been lame at all. He’s headed home to Lisa Hales’ to join Neptune Collonges, and a decision will be made about the next chapter of his life in the spring after a nice long rest.
“He’s been a great horse for the Hales family over the years for Nicholls’ Team Ditcheat and last year for us, and he’s certainly going to be missed.
“His career highlights were a Supreme Novices’, a Henry VIII Chase, 2 x Amlin Chase, a Paddy Power and last year’s Peterborough.
“We consider ourselves lucky to have had such a horse, and we all wish him well for the future, he’s got plenty more fun days ahead of him.”