By Jon Lees
Australia: Russian Camelot, the first horse bred in the northern hemisphere to win an Australian state Derby, has been retired five days after a narrow defeat in the All-Star Mile.
Trainer Danny O’Brien said the four-year-old colt had sustained a torn tendon after finishing second behind Mugatoo at Moonee Valley last weekend and would now start a stud career.
“Following Saturday’s epic All-Star Mile, the dual G1-winning colt has been found to have a slight tear in his near-fore tendon and connections have made the heartbreaking decision this morning to retire him immediately,” a statement from the O’Brien stable said.
Russian Camelot, an Irish-bred son of Derby winner Camelot, was bought for 120,000gns at the Tattersalls Book 1 October Sale in 2018 and in May last year won the South Australian Derby at Morphettville in Adelaide after which connections had planned to fly him to Britain to target the Derby at Epsom, until the pandemic intervened.
Instead he won the G1 Underwood Stakes, finished third in the Cox Plate and eighth in the Melbourne Cup.
O’Brien said: “From the moment we bought him at the Tattersalls Sale in Newmarket, he has been a standout colt.
“Although we only saw him race 11 times, he made a significant impact on the Australian racing scene, winning a Derby and at weight-for-age in the spring as a northern hemisphere three-year-old.”
He added: “He is a horse that turned up in any weather and under any conditions, gave his all and never let anyone down. He was just an outstanding racehorse.
“It’s a shame his career ends prematurely as I felt his best racing was ahead of him up in Sydney this autumn and to next spring and beyond. However I have no doubt he will have a significant impact on our industry for years to come through his stud career.”
The statement said a number of stud options were under consideration for Russian Camelot, who ends his career with four wins, four seconds and one third from 11 starts and A$2.3 million (£1.29m).
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