Dunlop’s stayer progressed through the racing ranks to land the Gold Cup at Ascot in 2015 before being sent on a globe-trotting mission which included Australia and Japan
ED DUNLOP’s former Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris has been retired from racing.
The six-year-old will spend his retirement at the National Stud in Newmarket, which is open to the general public and from where he will be retrained.
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Dunlop told Press Association Sport: “He’s been retired and is going to live at the National Stud where he will be viewed by the general public who visit there.
“He will be retrained for showing and parading with the Retraining of Racehorses. It’s a fantastic place for him to go.”
Trip To Paris progressed from handicapper to Group 1 winner within a matter of months and gave his owners La Grange Partnership, of which Dunlop is a member, some special days out.
“He’s been the ultimate horse for a syndicate,” said the Newmarket trainer.
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“He cost approximately 20 grand as a breeze-up horse. He won a Chester Cup, an Ascot Gold Cup, was second in a Caulfield Cup and was fourth in a Melbourne Cup.
“He came from nowhere, really. He was a great story and the day he won the Ascot Gold Cup we all won, including myself as one of the owners – that is something we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.
“He was a great stayer. Unfortunately he went to Japan and got injured. He was never the same horse after that.”
Trip To Paris won six of his 27 races and amassed £808,000 in prize-money.