Mick Fitzgerald is honored to take care of the great retired Altior, but makes no immediate plans for the star hunter’s next career.
The ten-time first-year winner, who holds a world record 19 in a row, was retired by owners Christopher and Pat Pugh on Monday at the age of 11.
Confirming the news on his UniBet blog, coach Nicky Henderson said Altior was “healthy, healthy and ready for a new career”.
He will be looked after by Fitzgerald – the former Henderson stable jockey – and his wife, who will be heading to his new home after a final open house at the Seven Barrows yard this weekend.
Fitzgerald said Sky Sports Racing: “He will enjoy his retirement here with me and my wife and he will be part of our family.
“I feel very honored that I have been asked to have it.
“He is not expected to do anything other than enjoy his retirement.
“He’ll be riding regularly and he’ll tell us what he wants to do, whether that means he could put on the weird show or just walk around and have a good time.
“My two kids are riding now, so he could take them somewhere.
“The most important thing, I think it’s pretty safe to say, is that Altior deserved a good retirement and he will definitely get it here.”
Twiston-Davies: Altior a pleasure to watch
Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies has been beaten by Altior on several occasions, but admits most riders would cheer on the champion if they weren’t against him.
“I would say there were a lot of us in the weigh room chasing him,” said Twiston-Davies Sky Sports Racing.
“He’s an amazing horse. It’s always sad to hear, but it’s great to hear that he comes out after so many beautiful days. Many jockeys will miss him dearly.
“Even when you weren’t rolling against him, it was a pleasure to watch the way he proceeded, traveled and jumped.
“You would watch him in some of those races at Cheltenham and Nico [de Boinville] would kick him and he would go.
“If you weren’t racing you would be cheering him on. If you were racing him you would think of a way to beat him and we tried everything but we never could.”