Due to a bone chip found in his left front fetlock, Gun Pit (AUS) has been forced to retire from the world of racing. The seven-year-old Gun Pit became sort of a sensation in the Hong Kong racing scene thanks to an undefeated record of 7-0 in starts at the She Tin all-weather track. However, last year saw him decline after going winless on the year.
Gun Pit was being pointed towards the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (gr. I) by his trainer Caspar Fownes, with an eye towards racing again in the Dubai World Cup (gr. I), a race in which he finished in 12th last year.
“It is sad, because he had a lot more to offer—he really had a lot of heart and he was a lovely horse with a beautiful temperament. We will certainly miss him around the stable,” Fownes relayed to South China Morning Post reporter Michael Cox. “He was such an exciting horse on a true dirt surface and Dubai and Japan never gave him a chance to show us what he could really do.
“His left front joint just gave him too much trouble, so we made the decision to get the bone chip removed, and find him a nice home. The horse’s owner Eddie Cheng Chung-wah is a great friend of mine and we had a lot of fun with this horse.”
From 28 career starts, Gun Pit will retire with a record of 8-3-1.