Weapon's Amnesty retired

  • Last Updated: January 14 2013, 15:51 GMT

Charles Byrnes has confirmed his dual Cheltenham Festival hero Weapon's Amnesty has been retired from racing after suffering another injury.

Weapon's Amnesty: Retired
Weapon's Amnesty: Retired

Winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the 2009 Festival, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned chestnut returned to Prestbury Park 12 months later to run out a hugely impressive winner of the RSA Chase, beating the Nicky Henderson-trained pair of Burton Port and Long Run.

However, he then spent over two and a half years on the sidelines with injury and when he did eventually return to competitive action in last month's Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, he was pulled up.

The 10-year-old has now suffered a further setback and connections feel it is the right time to call it a day.

Byrnes said: "He's got another slight injury unfortunately, it's not the old injury.

"It hasn't been straightforward getting him back. He takes a lot of work to get fit and it was always going to be a bit iffy.

"It's a shame as the formbook tells you he could have gone right to the top."

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