Dual Oaks runner-up Shirocco Star has been retired after picking up an injury on her latest visit to Ireland.
As well as being placed in two Classics at Epsom and the Curragh last year, the Hughie Morrison-trained filly also finished second at Royal Ascot in the Ribblesdale and back at Ascot in the British Champions Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes.
Her one victory came in a maiden at Newbury on her second start as a two-year-old.
She was last of the eight runners in the Blandford Stakes at the Curragh last weekend on what turned out to be her final start.
Writing on his website, www.hughiemorrison.co.uk, Morrison said: “Shirocco Star ran well below form in Ireland and has returned sore – further investigation showed a hairline fracture which would explain this performance.
“She has been an absolute star – amassing over �300,000, she was narrowly beaten in the Oaks, as well as finishing second in the Irish Oaks and the fillies’ race at Ascot.
“She showed top-class ability on all types of ground throughout her three-year-old career and beat everything who beat her. She will now be retired to the paddocks and be a great asset to the Meon Valley Stud.
“Her exuberant character at home will be greatly missed, and I am sure she will pass on her ability and looks to her progeny.”
Other fine efforts by the daughter of Shirocco included her third in this year’s Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and being beaten a short neck in the Prix Royallieu at Longchamp.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines