A racehorse has been given a ban by the British Horseracing Authority for refusing to start.
Mad Moose refused to run in three of his last seven races, and when he pulled himself up at the first fence at Sandown in December, he sealed his fate.
A disciplinary panel ruled that no further entries will be accepted for the 10-year-old gelding, who is trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
When he deigns to race, 'Moose' shows real talent on the track, winning seven National Hunt races - and a Flat race at Doncaster last April. He also took the runner-up spot six times, losing out to Sprinter Sacre on one occasion in the Victor Chandler Chase at Cheltenham.
His antics – and ability – earned him a loyal following, and he even had his own Twitter account, with more than 3,000 followers.
When Twiston-Davies tried a hood on the Thoroughbred for his last race at Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, he set off with the others but refused to jump the first fence. Representatives then tweeted on behalf of the horse, saying:
“Sorry about today, wish I could explain what's wrong. Thank you for the great cheer as I went past the stands and your brilliant support.”
According to Dave Arthur, who was part of a syndicate that owned Mad Moose, the Thoroughbred was a "horse of a lifetime”.
“He has massively exceeded all our expectations as well as frustrated us with his antics,” he wrote in his blog. “I like the term 'flawed genius'.”
Moose is now likely to be retired, but Arthur tweeted he will be "well looked after whatever he does”.