KIERAN BURKE has announced that Sparky May has been retired as a result of a leg injury.
The horse was winner a Grade Two at Ascot and won four consecutive hurdles last season. She finished as runner-up in the David Nicholson at Cheltenham as well as third in a Grade One at Aintree.
Trainer Kieran Burke said: It's a big blow, a massive blow for the yard,"
"Nothing showed up after her last run at Ascot but we thought something might be bothering her.
"She did her first bit of work but we had a scan done on her yesterday and we have decided she will have to be retired."