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Beaumont calls time on career

CHELTENHAM Gold Cup-winning trainer Peter Beaumont will bring to an end his 24-year career at the end of January.

The North Yorkshire trainer will not renew his licence at the end of the month, and will instead hand over the reins to his assistant Patrick Holmes.

Beaumont's finest hour was when the brilliant Jodami struck gold in the 1993 Gold Cup.

"I'm 75, things get harder and any kind of work is harder," confirmed the outgoing handler.

"My assistant Patrick Holmes is renting part of the yard so I'm giving up.

"My licence runs out in a fortnight. I might have a runner or two before then but we've been held up like everybody else.

"We've had some good horses for the size of the yard as I've never had more than 30 (horses)."

Jodami was the leading staying chaser of his generation, winning the Hennessy Gold Cup in Ireland three times.

Other stars trained by Beaumont at Foulrice Farm in Brandsby, near York, include Hussard Collonges, Young Kenny, J J Henry and Bobby Grant.

Beaumont added: "Jodami was such a nice horse to deal with. I bought him privately in Ireland and he was super from day one.

"Winning the Gold Cup was very special, as were his three Irish Hennessys too. The Irish took to him more than people did over here.

"Jodami stayed with me until he died at the age of 23. He had a happy retirement. He was a great horse to have."

Hussard Collonges gave Beaumont a second Cheltenham Festival success when winning the Royal & SunAlliance Chase in 2002, but a subsequent injury restricted his career.

"He fractured his pelvis at Wetherby and was never the same again," reflected the trainer.

Young Kenny completed a hat-trick of big-race triumphs in the spring of 1999, taking the Greenalls Grand National Trial at Haydock, the Midlands National at Uttoxeter and the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

He also won the Becher Chase at Aintree in November 2000, but suffered a fatal injury at Haydock the following February.

"He was a great horse," Beaumont recalled.

Beaumont remembers with great pride the day his daughter Anthea (Morshead) won the John Hughes Memorial Trophy Chase over the National fences at Aintree in April 2001 aboard JJ Henry.

"Anthea is still the only girl to have beaten the professionals round there," he said.

"I've only three or four horses in at the moment and the family will be happy now I've decided to give up."

Jodami's regular partner Mark Dwyer said: "He was unlucky not to win two Gold Cups, but he did win one and three Irish Hennessys.No-one could have trained the horse better than Peter."


Meanwhile, Clive Smith may be on the other side of the world but he is already thinking about the exciting times ahead at the Cheltenham Festival when he returns to England.

The proud owner of Kauto Star and Master Minded is in New Zealand and halfway through a month away from the wintry shores of Britain.

But when he gets home in two weeks' time one of his first ports of call will be to see his two jumping aces at the stables of Paul Nicholls.

Last March, Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, while Master Minded won the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second successive year.

Both horses are being primed for those races again by the champion trainer as they seek even greater glories.

Master Minded bids to become only the second horse after Badsworth Boy (1983-5) to complete a hat-trick of victories in the two-mile championship three times. And Smith has another string to his bow in that race in the shape of Free World.

Kauto Star will attempt to join the chasing giants, such as Arkle and Best Mate, to have won three Gold Cups.

Shinrock Paddy is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a minor setback over Christmas. Paul Nolan's six-year-old is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles, most recently turning in a hugely impressive performance in the Grade One Barry & Sandra Kelly Memorial Novice Hurdle at Navan. Monday's meeting at Fakenham is subject to a further inspection at 8am on Sunday morning.