Veteran racehorse The Tatling wins its last ever race
A veteran racehorse, running in its last race, has had a fairytale ending to its career by claiming a victory at Wolverhampton.
The horse, named The Tatling, is 14-years-old and won its 176th and final race even though it was priced at 16-1.
It was the 18th race of its career and it managed to win by a short head.
Trainer Milton Bradley told the BBC: "I know it was only a small race, but what a wonderful story. The horse is still a star in our eyes. He's been a marvellous servant for everyone involved with him."
Winning owner Darren Hudson-Wood told At the Races: "I nearly cried a second ago. I didn't expect him to be in the first five, to be honest. That was incredible and probably justifiable for him to go out like that."
Jockey Richard Kingscote added: "I thought it was going to be a hard-luck story but we got there in the end."
The BBC's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght also paid tribute to The Tatling, saying: "In a sport where many of its athletes are here today and gone (to stud) tomorrow, The Tatling's sheer longevity is astonishing.
"The chance to pass on his genes was never likely - though more's the pity, in retrospect - but since starting his career in 1999, he has never missed a season.
"His weren't long distance races in which a bit of guile and determination will get you through, but sprints over five and six furlongs (1000m & 1200m) where he who dares wins.
"Add into the mix that he was grey in colour and bought relatively cheaply before later winning at Royal Ascot, and you have a classic sporting fairytale.
"The Tatling may not have been as well-known as last week's retiree, Denman, but he was every bit as much a racing hero.
Footballer Michael Owen, who is heavily involved in the horse racing world, tweeted ‘Congrats @RKingscote Your name will go down in the record books for that one!’
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