Clive Brittain to retire this season
All good things come to an end and one of the best trainers on the flat that we have ever seen has decided to call time on a superb career which included multiple Classic victories as Clive Brittain announced today that he will retire at the end of the current flat season.
Most recently the Brittain yard was spearheaded by Rizeena twice a Group 1 winner in recent seasons and although landing all of the recognised British Classics the master trainer failed to land a Epsom Derby but did saddle Terrimon to finish second to Nashwan at 500/1, the longest priced horse ever to place in the Epsom showpiece.
Rizeena was also announced as retired today on the same day as her trainer who remarked that the filly “owes us nothing and it’s the right time to send her to the paddocks”.
The exiting trainer told PA Sport about his decision to call time on the career at the rip old age of 81.
“Old age would probably be a hint, but I want to spend a few years looking after my wife. She’s spent 60-odd years looking after me, so I think it’s only fair I spend some time looking after her.”
“Where there’s a beginning there’s an end and I just felt the end was nigh. This is the right time to do it. I’m retiring with some regret, as I’ve had some fantastic owners over the years and still have, as well as great staff.”
“I’ve lived a charmed life.”
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