Sutherland retires stable favourite

RETIRED: Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland and The Boondock Saint. Picture: Les SmithDURABLE Wagga racehorse The Boondock Saint has run his last race.
Nanjing Night Net

Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland and connections made the decision after he suffered a tendon injury at Corowa last Sunday.

The Boondock Saint retires with $214,000 in career earnings to his name from 112 starts that resulted in 11 wins and another 38 placings.

“He’s a very honest horse,” Sutherland said.

“He was always just a grade below the best of them but he gave his best the whole time.

“He had 49 first threes, and if you counted fourths or fifths, then that would beabout 80 of his 112 starts that he earned prizemoney in.

“He was so honest.”

The Boondock Saint was purchased for about $30,000 and was raced by Sutherland, Brett Bradley, Caroline Spittle, Gavin Holmes, Matt Knight and the late Arthur Menzies.

The nine-year-old is headed to former jockey Chynna Marstons for his life after the track.

“He gave his old tendon a bit of a pull at Corowa,” Sutherland explained.

“I was going to retire him after Friday at Wagga but we had to pull the pin after Corowa.

“He will be alright, and he’s going to Chynna for her to look after him.”

The Boondock Saint had his first start as a two-year-old and raced every season since.

He won from 1175m to 2000m and finished 12thin the 2011 Wagga Gold Cup.

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