Weapon's Amnesty: won both of his starts at the Cheltenham FestivalPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Injury forces Weapon's Amnesty retirement
WEAPON'S AMNESTY, winner of two Cheltenham Festival Grade 1s, is to be retired.
Gigginstown House Stud's ten-year-old won five of his 15 starts and credited trainer Charles Byrnes with his first winner at the Festival when an 8-1 winner of the Albert Bartlett in 2009. He won just one of his first five chase outings in 2009-10 but was then produced in superb shape to score in the RSA Chase by seven lengths under Davy Russell.
He had missed over 1,000 days of action due to a serious tendon injury but his trainer was initially hopeful that he would be seen again this year after pulling up on his comeback at Leopardstown last month.
However, he said on Monday: "He has just been unable to get a clear run with his leg and a decision has been made to retire him. The owners deserve great credit for giving the horse every chance and he has had the best of treatment.
"It is very disappointing for the horse's sake that he was not able to fulfil his potential, especially given how the RSA Chase form had worked out."