Martha's Son was bred by Michael Ward-Thomas and owned by him in partnership with the late Paddy Hartigan. "The danger of a further injury is such that it is not fair to the horse to continue racing," Ward-Thomas said yesterday.
Forster, who now trains under permit, said: "I would say he was the best I've ever had. He was a child's pony at home and a tiger on the racecourse - all he wanted to do was please. He is going to Newmarket to be Michael Bell's hack. It is most important that these old horses have something to do."
Martha's Son won the 1997 Champion Chase after having jumped just one fence that campaign. He had been off with a leg problem, but fell at the second on his reappearance.Reuse content