By Nicholas Godfrey
Australia: Everest winner Yes Yes Yes, who had been in line for a trip to Royal Ascot this summer for Winx’s trainer Chris Waller, has been retired with a minor tendon injury.
The three-year-old son of Rubick will stand at stud at Coolmore Australia in the Hunter Valley, the Irish behemoth having bought a 50% share in the colt in the autumn of his juvenile campaign.
The Waller team discovered heat in the leg on Saturday, when Yes Yes Yes was forced to miss an intended gallop between races at Randwick.
Although the injury is relatively minor, connections were concerned it could have become more serious had they persisted and Waller issued a long statement revealing news of the colt’s retirement.
He said: “Following our initial concerns on Saturday after noticing some heat in a leg of Yes Yes Yes, it has now been confirmed by our vet that it was due to a small lesion in a tendon in his left front leg.
“Yes Yes Yes does not present as lame or sore, however despite it being at the minor end of the scale of a tendon injury the vet does assure me that if we were to push on with his campaign it could quickly become a more significant problem and as with any horse this cannot be contemplated.”
After finishing second to Bivouac in the G1 Golden Rose in September, Yes Yes Yes catapulted himself to the top echelon of Aussie sprinters when he beat a world-class field in the A$14 million Everest, the world’s richest turf race.
“Racing can deliver cruel blows but my team are proud to look back on the short career of Yes Yes Yes and admire the achievements he made,” Waller added. “On his return as a three-year-old, his development was clearly evident and he returned with two excellent performances at the highest level before peaking in his third run of the campaign for the Everest where he was electric when he cruised to victory.”
Yes Yes Yes goes to stud on the back of a career record of four wins from eight starts, his having started off with the disgraced Darren Weir before moving to Waller midway through his two-year-old campaign.
Waller added: ”He is a very special colt and I have been very fortunate to train some great horses but it has been a privilege to train a colt that boasts the qualities he has, coupling physical prowess and mental aptitude beyond his years giving a glimpse sample of how good this horse is.
“It has been a brief but amazing ride with a wonderful colt and I am sure will make a great stallion in the future given the talent and ability he possessed as a racehorse.”
Waller may still be represented at Royal Ascot by star sprinter Nature Strip, who is set to return to action in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 15 after a sparkling barrier trial at Warwick Farm on Monday.