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31 Jan 2014

Flashman's Papers Retires To Carolina

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 Ohio.” 

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.”