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CYRNAME | Top-class chaser retired aged 10

Cyrname, the former highest-rated chaser in Britain, has been retired by trainer Paul Nicholls

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Cyrname and Harry Cobden win at Ascot Racecourse in January 2019

Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls has announced that Cyrname has been retired.

The ten-year-old produced a memorable career in the colours of Johnny de la Hay, becoming Britain’s highest-rated chaser in 2019 when storming to a 19-length victory in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase.

watch: cyrname beats altior at ascot [credit: attheraces]

His defining moment also came at Ascot in November of the same year, after he ended Altior’s record-breaking winning streak in the Christy 1965 Chase.

The gelding also recorded two wins at Kempton as a novice over fences, landing the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase and the Pendil Novices’ Chase.

After claiming success in the 2020 Charlie Hall Chase, Cyrname was never the same and he failed to finish on his final three starts for his connections.

He was due to run at Sandown last month but he hadn’t shown enough in training and connections have opted to retire the star instead.

2A700MF Horse trainer Paul Nicholls at Hereford Racecourse
Cyrname landed several Graded wins for Paul Nicholls

Cyrname’s racing career ends with eight wins across 23 starts and he will now feature in hunting and team chasing.

Speaking to the Racing Post, Paul Nicholls reflected on Cyrname’s efforts on the racecourse.

“We were hoping to run Cyrname in the Oaksey Chase at Sandown but he just wasn’t quite up to it when we did a strong piece of work with Greaneteen and another horse. He wasn’t sparkling so we decided between us all that we’d draw stumps.

“He’s joined Charlotte Alexander who has had Earthmover, Denman and Saphir Du Rheu and does the team chasing and hunting. He was going to do something else as he’s only a young horse and that’s helped him.

“Half his life was racing and it’s great that he’s got something to do for the other half. It’s better when they’re active, he’ll have a great home and I think he’ll be fantastic for that job.

Cyrname Ascot

“He was a very, very high-class horse. We had a few ups and downs, he started off slow and I remember we won at Huntingdon and he settled and kept going forward from then.

“He had that time when he won the two Ascot races then came back and won the match with Altior. He had that golden spell when he was at that high level. He had issues and wasn’t easy to train but he was great to have and I’m glad he’ll have a good second life.”