THE brilliant Rip Van Winkle,
winner of three Group 1s, including this year's Juddmonte International
Stakes at York,has been retired due to a setback, it was announced to
the Racing Post on Wednesday night.
The four-year-old, who was general third favourite for the Breeders'
Cup Mile at around 7-1 and a 16-1 shot for the Classic, will stand
alongside his sire Galileo at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
O'Brien told the Racing Post: "Rip Van Winkle has had a very
slight setback and, while it is very minor, it would have meant forcing
him to get him to Churchill Downs. So the decision has been made to