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Times Up is retired

Fri 11 September 2015

After seven seasons, three Group 2 victories and almost half-a-million pounds in prize money, Times Up ran his final race at Doncaster on Thursday, ending his career in the race he landed back-to-back renewals of in 2012 and 2013 – the Doncaster Cup.

While the fairytale farewell was not to be, Times Up bows out as a nine-year-old with a reputation undiminished. A progressive handicapper during the early years, including success in the November Handicap at the end of his four-year-old season, he would develop into one of the best stayers in the country during his pomp, pummelling ten rivals in the 2012 Lonsdale Cup before grinding out success on Town Moor the following month.

That win proved the final high-profile success for legendary trainer John Dunlop, who would retire six weeks later at the end of the Flat season, but Times Up continued his love affair with the course 12 months on, repeating the dose for Ed on what was a similarly emotional afternoon.

He has been a special horse for his connections, Mrs Jane Stewart-Brown and Mr and Mrs Michael Meacock, while this is a bloodline they know very well having bred and raced Times Up, his siblings and many members of the further family.

Following the announcement at Doncaster, which was broadcast across the course via the public address system, Ed said: "It has been privilege to be have played a small part in the career of this horse, who has provided a hatful of memories for myself, my father and all of the Dunlop family. He retires in one piece and looking half his age, while his exuberance and boyish behaviour at home remain undiminished.

"He has been the most wonderful servant to so many people, not least his fabulous owners, and I'm sure he will continue to remain eternally youthful in the next phase of this life. We wish him a long and happy retirement and we will, of course, keep you updated on where he heads to next."  

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