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Vroum Vroum Mag to miss Cheltenham Festival

It has been announced that top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag is now set to miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival following her retirement from racing.

The 9-year-old filly, owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, had been touted as a runner for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the meeting’s opening day (Tuesday 13th March 2018), a race in which she claimed first in 2016 and second twelve months later.

The impressive mare has not been seen competitively, however, since her disappointing run at Punchestown last April.

And despite originally remaining buoyant on her progress ahead of the anticipated festival in March, trainer Mullins now appears to admitted defeat in trying to restore her for future racing.

Vroum Vroum Mag enjoyed a fabulous vein of form after joining Mullins from France, winning all 10 of her first ten starts. The unbeaten run was rounded off aptly in 2016 with victories in the Mares’ Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

She tasted defeat in her first start of last season, losing to Apple’s Jade in the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse, and despite then going on to record two subsequent victories, was once again unable to fend off her former stablemate when defending her Cheltenham crown.

Joe Chambers, racing manager to the Ricci owners, said “She’s been a hell of a mare and she’s a regally-bred mare, so she should make a valuable broodmare prospect.”

Vroum Vroum Mag will now likely be put in foal by a yet to be named stallion this spring. She retires as a great credit to the sport having won over £420,000 in win and place prize money.

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