As a 2yo Flashmans Papers stormed to success in impressive style on day one of Royal Ascot winning the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes providing his sire Exceed and Excel with his first Stakes success in the UK. He followed up two days later in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes with a confident fourth. His performances earned him a first class ticket stateside with stable companion Square Eddie.
“When I first saw Flashmans Papers he took my eye immediately. He wasn’t
overly big but looked strong and mature. His confirmation was pretty much
perfect and he had a great walk. He looked a proper 2yo type who I felt we could
really get to work with early. At home he was always very straightforward and
easy to train, no fuss or bother. To provide us with our first Royal Ascot winner
having been close on several occasions, vindicated my initial impression of him,”
explained John Best.
After a successful racing career in both the UK and USA he has now been
retired and is enjoying life at a racehorse rehabilitation yard in South
Carolina. Deborah Jones who was pivotal in his purchase out of racing said
“with the very generous help from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous and
two thoroughbred retirement organizations, Beyond the Roses Equine, Michigan
and Aiken Rescue of South Carolina I work with we were able to facilitate the
private purchase of this wonderful "war horse" prior to his last claimer race in
Jim Rhodes runs the not for profit thoroughbred retirement and training
facility where Flashmans Papers has now been gelded and is enjoying some
well earned relaxation time.
“He has already become one of the favourites at the rescue centre with many
visitors showing up with peppermints and carrots. Come the spring he will start his
training for a new post track career,” explained Deborah.
John Best added “I’m delighted he has ended up in what looks to be a perfect
retirement home. He deserves it.”