CAB HORSE DEAD Gordon Elliott confirms Cheltenham winner Labaik who was seized by Criminal Assets Bureau has died 2022
RENOWNED Yesterday, Labaik’s trainer Gordon Elliott announced that the Cheltenham winner has passed away.
The 2017 Supreme Novice’s Hurdle winner died of colic “two or three months ago”.
Because of the high-profile CAB case against his main owner, John Boylan. He hadn’t been to a racetrack since Punchestown after that, but Boylan was the subject of high-profile CAB proceedings.
The High Court ruled in October 2019 that they were sure he had been bought with money from crime.
In the past, Labaik had been trained by Elliott, who said last year that he hoped Labaik would one day race again.
Rumors spread over the weekend that he had been put down recently, but the handler in Co Meath said that he had died a long time before that.
It was two or three months ago that he died of sickness in the yard. A report on Twitter said that he had a cut on his leg and was put down, but that’s not true. When he wasn’t being ridden out, he had already given up his job.
To say it another way, “He won a Supreme Novice Hurdle for us. He was talented and a very good horse.”
Controversy followed Labaik at every turn, but even though he was a serial no-show, he won the 2017 Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham at 25/1 with Jack Kennedy on board.
However, his intended sale at Aintree Sales weeks later was stopped by CAB, after Boylan was recognized by gardai celebrating in the parade ring at Cheltenham and they seized the horse.
Following a legal battle, in which Boylan also counter-sued CAB for loss of winnings after Labaik suffered a career-ending injury at Punchestown, the High Court in favor of the Bureau in October 2019.
Elliott, who owned five percent of the horse, and part-owner Aidan O’Ryan had been cleared of any wrongdoing and there was never any suggestion that either was involved in crime.