Twelve-year-old Danoli's career is over. The animal has been one of the most popular racehorses of recent years, capturing hearts and winning admiration for the bravery he showed in sealing big-race successes at Cheltenham and Aintree.

Trainer Tom Foley has admitted that the risk of aggravating leg damage first sustained at Aintree in 1995 when winning the Martell Hurdle has led to his retirement.

"We've been discussing the situation for some time and it has been decided to retire him. He's 12 now and the injury he got at Liverpool was very, very severe at the time, so we'd hate anything to happen to him now. He's given us some great memories and is a horse we'll hardly ever see the like of again. We just don't want to take any kind of chance with him in a chase and see him being put down," said Foley.

Danoli won 17 of his 32 starts, but for many he will be best-remembered for his success in the 1994 Sun Alliance Hurdle, when backed down to 7-4 by the legions of travelling supporters who had made it across the Irish Sea.