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    Panama at Once goes into retirement with his head held high and as sound as a bell.    
    DATE: 09/05/2011    
    Panama At Once, our eleven-year-old handicap chaser ran his final race of his career on Saturday, and to the delight of the shareholders present at Hexham he didn't go out with a whimper - more of a shout and a wink...

Panama At Once (known as Reece in the yard) is reaching that time of his life where his heart and mind are willing, but his body is starting to slow down a little.  as a result of conversations with trainer Philip Kirby, we decided to retire 'Reece' following his sixth race of this season, at Hexham on Saturday.

He has been a wonderful horse for shareholders over the last seven years - and was with us for seven years, having been a part of our syndicates right from the start in 2005.

We're delighted to report that Reece starts his new life in sound shape.  Having completed his thirty-fifth race for us with a tenacious fourth on Saturday, he is fit and well and looking forward to a long life after racing, perhaps as a hunter, Pointer or cross country horse.

He never knew when to give up throughout his career - perhaps the high points being two successes in 2009 and also a third in the Highlands National in 2010.  And this big heart was on show again on Saturday, when despite being over 60 lengths off the leader at one point, he fought back to pass seven horses on his way to fourth place.

He's the sort of racehorse you dream of owning, and we were blessed to find him for shareholders in 2005 and have a great six years with him. 

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