McLaren failed to win last season, but the upside of that is that while Renault and Ferrari continued to try to wring every millisecond of improvement from their 2006 cars as Alonso and Schumi duelled for the title, the British team virtually drew stumps
on the development of the MP4-21 in order to concentrate their efforts on making a car for their new flagship driver to be proud of.
Having put in an error-strewn round of jumping, Irish Hussar was done with on the home turn, and winner Strong Flow was already being hosed down when Fitzgerald drew stumps
with two of the 21 fences still to jump.
The 11-year-old, who last ran in the spring, launched his career by winning a Kempton bumper in 2001 and drew stumps
with a total of five victories, including two over fences.
The fixture had already lost two sprint races on Tuesday before officials drew stumps
on the remainder of the card yesterday morning.
However, with conditions worsening by the hour she drew stumps
yesterday with no signs of improvement.