By Jon Lees
GB: July Cup-winning trainer Roger Teal has described Tip Two Win as the horse that helped put him on the map after the decision was taken to retire the 2018 2,000 Guineas runner-up.
The popular grey, now five, earned more than £327,000 and recorded four wins in a 16-race career, but after a disappointing run at Salisbury this month, Teal and owner Anne Cowley found him a place at March Hare Stud in Dorset where he will stand as a stallion.
“He took a bad step at the road crossing at Salisbury and never got his action back,” said Teal. “David Probert thought he wasn’t feeling great so we thought enough was enough. We didn’t want to break him down on the track and Anne decided it was better to quit now.
“He’s been a massive horse for us. He gave us a tremendous amount of fun and pleasure.”
Tip Two Win won three times as a two-year-old and on his first start at three collected a £105,000 first prize for landing the Al Biddah Mile, a local G2 in Qatar.
He went straight to the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, where he finished second to Saxon Warrior with Masar back in third and Roaring Lion fifth.
“Definitely the Guineas was the highlight,” said Teal. “He was a good two-year-old. He won the Flying Scotsman at Doncaster really impressively, then he went out to Doha and obviously won two races out there.
“The Guineas was amazing. He also ran well at Ascot after that in the St James’s Palace but he wasn’t well positioned and had to make up a lot of ground. He still ran a great race and was touched off for third on the line.”
Teal won the first G1 race of his career this summer when Oxted captured the July Cup, but until his emergence Tip Two Win had been his best horse in 13 years of training.
“Steele Tango was more of a warrior who won a Group 3 for us, but Tip helped put us on the map for sure,” he said.