Former Horse of the Year and 1995-96 sprint Triple Crown hero Mr Vitality has been retired. The son of Snippets, winner of 10 of his 14 starts in Hong Kong and one of the best horses ever to race here, will spend his retirement at his owner, Jockey Club steward Larry Yung Chi-kit's private estate in Sussex in the south of England. Trainer Ivan Allan tried everything he could to bring the sprint star back to full soundness for another successful preparation at the very highest level of competition. But after much discussion, Allan and Yung have decided it is in the best interests of the horse, the betting public and Mr Vitality's many fans to retire him. Allan said yesterday: 'With several months of rest and treatment, Mr Vitality's tendon problem has responded but flares up under pressure. 'After a meeting with Mr Larry Yung it has been decided that, in the best interest of Mr Vitality and his fans, the horse should be retired. 'Mr Yung expressed his concern that there is always the worry that the problem could recur in a race and have sad consequences. 'It is best that Mr Vitality is remembered in his former glory. 'Mr Vitality will be shipped to Mr Yung's private estate in Sussex, England, to enjoy his retirement.' Yung used to race the useful Stellar Express and he was earlier retired to the same Sussex estate. Mr Vitality has not raced since finishing fifth to Quick Action in the Centenary Cup at the beginning of March last season, after which he was lame in his near fore. But earlier last season he was forced to miss the International Bowl after picking up an injury that might have been the result of a run at Happy Valley in the Happy Valley Trophy, his intended lead-up race to the Bowl. In his prime in the 1995-96 season, Mr Vitality was unbeatable and the top sprinter-miler in town. Previously he had been a leading two-year-old in Australia where Yung purchased him as a yearling and sent him to David Hayes to train. Mr Vitality continued to improve under Allan's care in Hong Kong and his lifetime record in Hong Kong was 14 starts for 10 wins, a second and a fourth, picking up stake money of $12.8 million. Mr Vitality won all four of his races during his first season in town, but it was in the following season that he really stamped his authority on the sport. He scored five times in the highest company, capturing the sprint Triple Crown and and coming back from an unplaced effort in the Derby - where the 1,800-metre trip on a rain-affected track proved to much for him - to win the Centenary Cup down the straight 1,000-metre chute just a week later.