That's too bad. Hopefully some long term R&R can bring back some of the zest he had before Ascot
For a colt who raced 12 times in 4 years, whose only wins were in a MSW and an AOC, and at best was runner up in a single G1? I can't see many farms fighting to stand NI. I'd be shocked if he stood in Kentucky, and if he stands for more than $5000
Japanese Derby winner and Arc 4th placed Kizuna has been retired, stud plans have not been announced
I'm sure the horse won't mind the criticism
Avenir Certain has been sold to Teruya Yoshida and, according to rumours, has been retired and is set to be exported to Japan
This is one to look out for in the future, as Lord Horse Club may have another superstar on their hands. Lord Quest won the Niigata Nisai (for 2 y/os) today by 4 lengths geared down with devastating ease.
Prince of Wales Stakes
After the race, the connections said they were pleased with the ride Williams gave Brazen Beau (though I thought it cost the horse the race). I think the jockey change stems more from Darley/Godolphin owning Brazen Beau. The initial plan was that Brazen Beau was to be leased back to his Australian connections until the Diamond Jubilee. Now the lease is up and the horse is considered property of Godolphin, which means he is now entitled to a Godolphin jockey. I believe the horse is even stabled at Godolphin Stables in Newmarket
I remember all the drama when Kauto Star retired, and from what I read it sounded like Clive Smith was being very difficult. Paul Nicholls and the team at Ditcheat wanted the horse to stay there and live out the rest of his days in a field, but Smith insisted the horse be retrained for dressage. Each time Nicholls or Smith would make a public statement on the matter, they would slam the decision of the other. It was sad to see such a dynamite team dissolve in such a way, but I supported Nicholls. I am all for racehorses being retrained, but when a horse has accomplished as much as Kauto Star has, and is being retired at age 12 (not the 5/6/7 year olds being retrained after flat racing careers), asking him to take up a new discipline just doesn't seem fair to me. And to read that Smith didn't even tell anyone at Ditcheat that the horse was injured, or give them a chance to say their goodbyes, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth - something a horse like Kauto Star doesn't deserve
Upsetting to see that Paul Nicholl's team wasn't informed of Kauto's condition/death until right before the release was made public. It sounds like a god awful series of injuries/events that no creature, let alone one so legendary, deserves. RIP.
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