Skip to Content

Veteran Gubby to quit training

27 January 2016

BRIAN GUBBY, one of Britain’s longest standing trainers, has taken the decision to retire after 42 years with a licence and around 100 winners.

Bagshot-based Gubby, 81, had hoped to go out in a blaze of glory with Pal Of The Cat at Southwell yesterday but he was forced to shelve that plan when the six-year-old was found with a swollen foreleg in his box.

Gubby, whose last winner proved to be Kinglami at Windsor last May, said:“Pal Of The Cat was going to be my last runner in the seller at Southwell but he had a puffed-up knee on his foreleg and didn't eat up his breakfast, so it wasn't to be unfortunately. There’s no point going to the races if the horse isn't right.”

Gubby first took out a licence in 1974 and his best-known horse was the smart sprinter Gabitat, who landed four Group races and was placed in Listed company in the early 1980s. His wins included the Duke of York Stakes in 1984 and the Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden in 1984 and 1985.

Gubby said of his stable star: “He was the big boy in our small yard and won ten races in a six-year career. I remember him running in the July Cup when he was fifth and you could have put a blanket over them at the finish.

“Some of the best sprinters of that time were in that race – Indian King, Tender King, Sharpo – and he was beaten only half a length. He was a gentleman of a horse and always gave you his best. I kept him in retirement until he died at the grand old age of 32 about six years ago.”

Looking ahead to retirement, the trainer added: “I had been gradually scaling down in any case. It’s a matter of time catching up – I'm now 81 and it was becoming quite a task to keep our 85 acres of land up together.

“So that’s it – I won’t be renewing my licence again at the end of the month.There are no plans to rent out the boxes or anything like that. It’s the end of an era, but these things happen and I've had a fair innings.”

Back to News