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Dorans Pride retires

The multi-talented Dorans Pride has retired following a long and successful career on the track

Dorans Pride, one of racing’s most popular and versatile equine performers, has beenretired. Trained in Ireland, he won 31 races during his career.

Now aged 13, Dorans Pride won seven Grade 1 races, two over hurdles and five over fences, including the 1998 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown. His victories also included a charity race and a point-to-point.

He ran at six Cheltenham Festivals, each time bringing a great posse of enthusiastic supporters with him, and won the 1995 Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle.

He finished third in the 1997 and 1998 Gold Cups. In 1998 he was unlucky when beaten less than two lengths by Cool Dawn and Strong Promise after making a mistake three out.

His most recent win came at Clonmel in November 2000. He ran his last raceat Sandown in April when finishing eighth in the Attheraces Gold Cup.

Owner Tom Doran and his family and friends booked a marquee for a ‘Dorans Pride Celebration’ at Ballinrobe races earlier this week, when a 40-minute video of Dorans Pride’s career was shown.

He will spend his retirement at trainer Michael Hourigan’s Patrickswell, County Limerick stables from where he will continue to enjoy hunting.

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