All Spice retires with 16 wins and $172,922
Eleven-year-old sprinter All Spice has run his last race.
Invercargill owner-breeder Neil Little and Gore trainer John McKay decided to retire All Spice after the gelding's 10th at Riverton last Saturday.
"There isn't a lot [of suitable racing] around for him and we don't want to switch him back to carrying big weights on heavy tracks," McKay said.
"He's retiring sound and in good spirits."
All Spice was in his 10th season of campaigning. He won first up as a 2-year-old at Riverton in 2008 and went on to win a total of 16 races and $172,922.
He finished in the first five in 76 of his 114 starts, also bagging nine seconds, 21 thirds, 17 fourths and 13 fifths.
His rating 90 win at Wyndham in October, 2010, was special for Little and McKay because both are long-serving members of the Wyndham Racing Club.
"He was a good handy day-to-day bread and butter horse, generally always competitive," McKay said.
He carried big weights to victory at Gore meetings - 64.5kg (January), 63kg, (December, 2015; December 2014) and 62.5kg (October 2012).
All Spice won on nine tracks - Gore (five), Riverton (two), Ascot Park (two), Blenheim, Kumara, Wyndham, Cromwell, Omakau and Riccarton.
Jockeys to win on him were Terry Moseley (five), Chris Johnson (four), Jason Laking (two), Daniel Bothamley, Kylie Williams, Shaun McKay and Courtney Van Der Werf.
Go Aliesha, the dam of All Spice, gained four of her five wins from McKay's stable. Her other winners are Sugar 'n Spice (nine races), All Things Nice (two) and Mr Ziggy (one win).
Meanwhile, other big winners from the McKay stable have been Kalsoy (17 wins) and Beau Magic (13 wins).
The horseman is on 225 career wins, with his best season being in 2004-05 when he had 24.