Owner Rich Ricci has confirmed that his stable stars Faugheen, Douvan and Benie Des Dieux have been retired.
Faugheen was one of the best horses of his generation, registering wins in the Champion Hurdles at both Cheltenham and Punchestown.
Douvan clocked up victories in his first 13 races, landing both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham for trainer Willie Mullins.
Happy retirement, Faugheen.
What a moment this was - his final victory, and at Grade One level over fences aged 12 👏 @LeopardstownRC pic.twitter.com/YpNkl7PTp3
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) May 8, 2021
“Faugheen meant a lot to Susannah, our son George and me," Ricci told The Sun. "He was also the favourite horse of my nephew Peter and was the impetus of his falling in love with the sport.
“Not always the most elegant at a hurdle or a fence, he was a trier and knew he was a dude.
“My favourite memory was of his Grade One novice chase win at the 2020 Dublin Racing Festival. The noise and the sprinting of the crowd to the parade ring was something I will never forget.
Benie Des Dieux's sparkling CV includes victories in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil.