PAUL Nicholls has hailed See More Business “the horse of a lifetime” after the brilliant chaser passed away at the age of 24.
See More Business became the multiple champion trainer’s first Cheltenham Gold Cup winner when triumphing in 1999 and he also won the King George VI Chase at Kempton twice and successive renewals of the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in 1999 and 2000.
He spent most of his career under the ownership of Nicholls’s landlord Paul Barber and close friend John Keighley. In all, See More Business won 18 times from 36 starts, picking up over £700,000 in win and place prize-money before his retirement in 2003.
“He had a great record having won 18 races under Rules and a couple of point-to-points. He was a fantastic horse. The horse of a lifetime,” said the champion trainer.
“He was the first Gold Cup winner I had and he won the King George for me in 1997, which was one of the first big winners I had.
“He was the foundation of our training career really and the set-up here in Ditcheat. He was just what you wanted when you started.
“He was tough and genuine. He won all those big races and gave everything. Once he had the blinkers on he jumped well and he was really what jumps racing is all about.
“He’s been with Emma Barber, Paul’s daughter-in-law, since his retirement and she’s looked after him famously. Paul said last night he’d seen him every day for the last 15 years, so Paul’s had a lot of pleasure from him.
“He’s had a wonderful home the last 11 years. It’s a pity he’s passed on, but he died peacefully, which is the main thing.
“He’ll be buried up on top of Ditcheat hill with See More Indians and Artifice, who were good horses that Mr Barber owned, and he’ll be looking down on the gallop every day and making sure everything is going on properly.”