CAUSES OF CAUSES, a three-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, has been retired.

Gordon Elliott’s 10-year-old bows out after a lacklustre run when defending his title in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at Prestbury Park last month.

 Cause Of Causes won three times at the Cheltenham Festival


Cause Of Causes won three times at the Cheltenham Festival

Alongside his Cross-Country win in 2017, his other two victories at Cheltenham came in the National Hunt Chase in 2015 and the Kim Muir Handicap Chase in 2016.

He also finished a gallant second second in last year’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree behind One For Arthur.

“He came back a little bit sore from Cheltenham and he’s been such a good servant we thought we’d retire him,” said Frank Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus.

“To compete at six Festivals in a row is unbelievable.

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“He was a very sound horse and ran some terrific races in between going to Cheltenham. It’s hard to find one like him.”

Cause Of Causes won nine of his 43 starts and amassed £569,000 in total prize money.

Dom Joly gets ready for the Cheltenham Festival


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