It’s a bittersweet day for all at The British Racing School (BRS) today as they bid farewell to a favourite amongst staff and trainees and waved Our Vic off to his new retirement home at the National Stud.
Grade 1 winning Our Vic has previously tried full retirement at Timmy Murphy’s Cildara Stud. Unfortunately Vic wasn’t ready to completely retire at age 13 and wanted a job to do so the decision was made that he join the BRS team of ex-racehorses; a semi-retirement!
10 years on and at the age of 23 years old it’s only fair he gets to enjoy full retirement and will do so at The National Stud. During his time at The BRS he would have helped hundreds of young trainees learn their craft and provided a once in a lifetime achievement for some to say they have ridden a Grade 1 winning racehorse.
During his career Our Vic won in excess of £700,000 in prize money, with his biggest win when he landed the Totesport Bowl at Aintree, beating Kauto Start by a nose. He was partnered that day by Timmy Murphy who says, on news of his retirement “I would like to wish a very happy 2nd retirement to Victor. What a legend he has been for me and everyone at BRS. He was the very first winner I rode for Mr Johnson in the Renoldstown at Ascot and we had many great days after the Ryanair at Cheltenham and the Bowl at Aintree being two of his finest days. Enjoy!”.
Whilst everyone is sad to the see him go he’ll definitely enjoy the attention of the visitors at The National Stud and if you get to see him, he loves a polo and a camera!