Retirement for Ouzbeck
Ouzbeck, a winner of ten races and over £100,000 in prize money, has been retired after a career in which he didn't miss a single season in seven years of training.
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Ouzbeck ran in the colours of Axom and the highlight of his career was his victory in the English Summer National at Uttoxeter in 2010 for Emma Lavelle. Although he ran a further eleven times, he did not win again, despite some fine placed efforts at Cheltenham and Newbury.
Ouzbeck began his career in the UK with Alan King and it was with the Barbury Castle handler that he won six races, including four novice chases on the bounce. The highlight of his first season over fences was victory in a valuable handicap 'chase at Cheltenham's October Meeting.
He was subsequently sent off as one of the favourites for the following month's Paddy Power Gold Cup and was in the process of running a huge race before falling at the last.
Axom's Racing Manager, Dan Downie, commented: "Ouzbeck has been a wonderful servant to us and his loyal owners. He was the first jumper we had since Deano's Beeno to put the Axom name in lights so we have a lot to thank him for. I'm delighted that he has finished his career sound and well and we will ensure he enjoys a full and happy retirement."
Trainer Emma Lavelle paid tribute saying: "Ouzbeck has been an absolute pleasure to train and we enjoyed some fantastic days out together. We will miss him terribly in the yard and he was one of the most friendly and enthusiastic horses you could have wished for on the place."