Owner Graham Regan has revealed that Niche Market has been retired following a tendon injury.

Regan broke the news about the former Irish Grand National winner on trainer Paul Nicholls’ column on Betfair.

“I am sad to report that we have retired Niche Market,” Regan stated.

“For a one-horse owner, The Niche has been a dream even since we got him as a six-year-old.

“He won the Irish Grand National in 2009, a BGC Silver Cup at Ascot in 2008 as well as finishing second in an Aon Chase and third in a Hennessy Gold Cup, fifth in last year’s Grand National and a whole host of other good runs.

“It all looked so promising when he finished second to Marufo at Newbury last weekend. The Niche has given us some brilliant days out and we feel it is our turn to look after him now.

“This is why we have reached the decision to retire him.

“We have found him a very good home, I have gifted The Niche to Harry Skelton, who was on board for his Fairyhouse win in 2009, and we know he will have a long and happy retirement at Nick Skelton’s stables in Stratford.”

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