The Pete Webb owned Husson Eagle graced the racetrack one final time on Saturday, ending a glittering race career that saw him earn over $1.1m in prizemoney for connections.
Finishing ninth in a Benchmark 90 at Bendigo, it might not have been the exit that connections desired, but it won’t dampen their overall experience.
The eight-year-old Husson gelding, trained by Patrick Payne, won the 2016 Magic Millions on the Gold Coast and would eventually finish with 49 starts for seven wins and 12 minor placings.
The son of Tie Me Up would also win the Listed Doveton Stakes in late 2016 before winning the 2018 and 2019 Mildura Cups, whilst also being a consistent city-class performer.
Unfortunately, owners could not be on track to watch their old boy go around one last time due to the coronavirus pandemic but that won’t stop the ownership group celebrating his career at a later date.
“It was a pretty sad day and a lot of us owners spoke and said it was a pity we couldn’t be there for him,” Webb said.
“We are going to have a do for him, and when we are all allowed back at the track and stables, Patrick will get him back and we will have a party with him.”
Husson Eagle will now go into retirement as a pleasure horse, living the good life after a consistent race career.
“We are giving him to a young girl and he is going to be a pleasure horse,” Webb said.
“We have made sure we picked a good home for him.”
Webb went on to describe some of Husson Eagle’s more memorable moments.
“To win the Magic Millions was unbelievable but there was a couple of other spine tingling runs that I recall,” Webb said.
“Running second to Alizee and finishing fifth in the Coolmore after being chopped out was pretty special.
“Even for me, just to win a pretty reasonable race at Flemington with Jordy Childs on his back was one of the best that days that I recall.”
Webb admitted that his part-ownership of Husson Eagle could very well be a once in a lifetime experience that many other owners and racing fans don’t get to enjoy.
“He has taken us on a ride, a ride that a lot of people don’t get to go on,” Webb said.
“Some people don’t even get to win a race, so we all know we were very lucky to have this opportunity.”