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Toller happy with retirement call
02 Sep 2015 11:11
Irish 2,000 Guineas-winning trainer James Toller admitted to feeling relieved after confirming his intention to quit the training ranks at the end of the season.
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The Newmarket-based handler, who has held a licence for 35 years, has run just five horses in 2015, with Saturation Point's Lingfield success in April the yard's only winner of the campaign.
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Toller has cited his lack of ammunition as the major reason behind his decision to call it a day, but can reflect on some fond memories, particularly Bachelor Duke's Classic triumph at the Curragh in 2004.
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"I suppose the Irish 2,000 Guineas was probably the most prestigious race I managed to win," said Toller.
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"Going to Ireland we were pretty hopeful he would run a big race. He had shown good form as a two-year-old - he was a bit unlucky in the Dewhurst - and the week before he the Irish Guineas I remember he did a very good piece of work with a horse called Duck Row, who was a very good work horse.
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"The ground was fast at the Curragh, much faster than it was at Newmarket, which suited him, and everything came right on the day."
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Toller can also count the 1997 July Cup with Compton Place among his big-race victories.
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"There were a few other good days, but not as many as I'd have liked," he said.
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"It was also great to win the July Cup. That didn't surprise me as much as it did a lot of people as he was a very good horse.
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"He'd only finished out of the first two once before and it was just a shame he never had the opportunity to show how good he was after that."
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On his decision to retire, the trainer added: "It was something I was thinking about last year as I felt I just didn't have enough horses, but as a 60-year-old racehorse trainer you start to wonder what else you can do.
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"It's a difficult decision and not one I've enjoyed making, but at the same time now that I've made it, I feel quite relieved.
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"I've been very lucky to work with some lovely people. I have a great bunch of staff and I slightly feel as though I'm letting them down, but I know it's the right decision.
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"You need a good horse to attract new owners and it's so much more competitive now that is very difficult.
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"I've only run five horses this year, four three-year-olds and one older horse, as the rest of them are two-year-olds and I haven't managed to get them to the track so far.
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"One or two of them are starting to show a bit of talent on the gallops, but I wouldn't want to name any names.
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"I don't really know what the future holds. I'm going to take some time out and see what happens.
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"I'm relatively relaxed about it."
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