Moscow Flyer gone bang

The Cheltenham Festival hero saw out his days at the Irish National Stud where he had many visitors

The Irish National Stud has announced the passing of the legendary Moscow Flyer at the great age of 22.

Owned by Brian Kearney and trained by Jessica Harrington, Moscow Flyer proved a high class Hurdler in his early career. However the switch to chasing and his partnership with Barry Geraghty saw Moscow Flyer cement his place amongst the greatest of greats.

A four-length victory in the 2002 Arkle highlighted Moscow’s ability, and 12 months later he returned to Cheltenham to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase by an impressive seven lengths. Moscow Flyer continued to dominate the division for a further two years, winning all completed starts, including the 2005 Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

In 2006, Moscow Flyer was retired from racing, boasting a race record to be envied by all including two Queen Mother Champion Chases and two Tingle Creek victories. In 2007, whilst in retirement, Moscow Flyer, added another victory to his 26 wins under rules when Kate Harrington rode the legendary chaser to a comfortable victory in the Punchestown Festival Charity Flat Race. This saw Moscow welcomed by a rousing reception to his rightful place in the winners’ enclosure for one last time.

In 2012, Moscow Flyer was relocated to the Irish National Stud where he joined the stud's ‘Living Legends’ team alongside greats such as Kicking King, Beef Or Salmon and Hardy Eustace. He enjoyed a happy retirement and met legions of adoring fans.

Moscow Flyer was also the Irish Horse Welfare Trust Equine Ambassador and made public appearances for the equine welfare charity promoting the work they do.

Moscow Flyer will be forever immortalised through his fearless jumping, those historic battles against titans of the sport Azertyuiop and Well Chief. He epitomised National Hunt racing at its finest with the highs and lows. :(

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