Crowd pleaser Dan Buoy is put down

DAN Buoy and his regular rider Billy Cray are led by Jack Thompson on the way to the start for Pontefract's final meeting this year. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.
DAN Buoy and his regular rider Billy Cray are led by Jack Thompson on the way to the start for Pontefract's final meeting this year. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.
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DAN Buoy, who became a favourite with punters at Pontefract over the last two years for his performances in stayers’ races over two miles, has been put down after suffering a leg injury while running in a hurdle race at Southwell.

The eight year-old bay gelding started his career with trainer Alan King running on the flat and then competed in in hurdle races, often ridden by Robert ‘Choc’ Thornton.

He came to trainer Richard Guest’s stables at Stainforth, near Doncaster, in late 2008.

His first appearance at Pontefract was in April, 2010, when he went off several lengths ahead of the rest of the field and won by three lengths.

This became his trademark tactic as he often built a big lead, making him popular with the crowd in long distance races.

In 56 starts in his career. he finished first seven times, was placed 14 times and won prize money of almost £39,000.

In 12 runs at Pontefract, he won twice and was placed five times He will be sadly missed by the staff at Richard Guest’s stables.