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    DON’T mention retirement…Angela Chapman did it once and never got away with it! Figuring her veteran pacer Manonthemoon was passed his prime, Chapman elected... Retirement didn’t work out!
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    DON’T mention retirement…Angela Chapman did it once and never got away with it!

    Figuring her veteran pacer Manonthemoon was passed his prime, Chapman elected to end the nine-year-old’s career after he finished second at Globe Derby on December 19, 2022.

    With the gelding becoming increasingly frustrated while “doing nothing in a paddock” Chapman decided to put Manonthemoon back into work to “keep him happy”.

    Fast forward to last Saturday night’s Globe Derby program and Manonthemoon was successful at his fourth start along the comeback trail.

    “I’d retired him,” Chapman said. “I thought he’s nearly 10-years old, has been a lovely horse and was ready to enjoy a life of relaxation and leisure.

    “Turns out he didn’t like doing nothing in a paddock on his own and was getting pretty annoyed.

    “So I brought him back into work and he’s full of life again as he is as sound as a bell.

    “He is loving being in work, which showed on the weekend, and now I’m glad I did give him another go.”

    With Chapman in the cart, Manonthemoon was settled midfield from his second row draw as Giftedfromtheheart found the lead from gate two.

    Proving too slick during the latter stages, the son of Safari completed a half-head win from Lap Of Honour.

    Giftedfromtheheart battled on to be a metre away third in 2:00 over 2230 metres.

    “He has gotten better with each run and I was so thrilled to see him win again,” Chapman said. “While he showed how competitive he still is, I’ve got no specific plans for him and will just keep pottering around with him.”

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