Victorian brothers Glenn and Grant Pask’s dream ride with homebred Group 1-winner Vice Grip has come to a fitting finale, with the 2022 Perth Cup hero bowing out on a winning note earlier this month.
Vice Grip enjoyed a perfect finish to a remarkable racing journey at his adopted home track, Cannington, recording a Best Of Night 29.74sec victory at his 86th and final start on January 7, just three days before his fourth birthday.
It was the 38th win of a wonderful career that began in inauspicious fashion at Healesville back in August 2020, when finishing third at $18.
“We’d chatted about it (retirement),” Glenn Pask explained.
“The Perth Cup is coming up again and he probably could’ve won another four or five races, but it was getting to the stage where he probably needed a spell.
“But he’d just hit four and by the time he’d had a break and we got him back it would be three or four months.
“He doesn’t owe us anything and his health is more important than money.
“He won a Free For All at Cannington in the best time of the night, so we thought why not pull the pin on his fourth birthday.”