The curtain will come down on the training career of John Oxx at the Curragh on Monday as he looks forward to the next chapter in his life.
The Currabeg trainer announced last month that he was retiring, bringing to an end a glittering training career spanning over four decades.
Saddling Storm Legend to win at Naas on Sunday, Oxx sent three horses to The Curragh to contest the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden.
It was almost a fairytale ending for John Oxx, when Earlswood was only beaten less than a length into third place, after which Oxx said: “Those are my last runners and they all ran well.
“I thought the horse in third was coming to win, but he just got a bit tired. They are three nice horses and hopefully we hear more of them next year.
“The horse that won yesterday is going to Fozzy Stack and he’ll have a bit of fun with him. He could go for a Guineas trial.”
“The more we think about it, the happier we are. What’s the point in going on forever at it?”
The lasting memory of John Oxx as a trainer will of course be the brilliant Sea The Stars, who won six Group Ones in the space of six months in 2009, including the 2000 Guineas, Derby, Eclipse, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
He also trained other greats such as Sinndar, who won the Derby, the Irish Derby and the Arc in 2000, and Alamshar, who landed the Irish Derby and the King George three years later.
“The die is cast now and we’re looking forward to retirement. We’ve been very lucky, we’ve had a great run and have no complaints. We’re happy with the way life turned out,” Oxx added.
“There comes a time when it’s the right time to stop, and we’ve been thinking about it for a few years, as you have to have a viable business and there is no point going on when you don’t.
“The more we think about it, the happier we are. What’s the point in going on forever at it?
“I’ll still go racing as I’d miss the people and the chatting. That’s really what it’s all about, the communication with people. I’d miss that if I became a recluse.”