Glamour New Plymouth galloper Shez Sinsational has had her flourishing racing career cut short through injury.
Trainer Allan Sharrock revealed on Saturday that the decision to retire the mare had been made after the winner of $1.4 million had developed swelling on a fetlock late last week.
"She's been a great mare, but if we pushed on, the joint could blow apart and I wouldn't be able to live with myself if she broke down. She's been too good to us, so her future now is as a broodmare."
Sharrock said the joint problem had surfaced some time ago, but had been successfully managed up until last week by prominent Waikato veterinary surgeon Douglas Black.
"I sent her up to Douglas on Thursday to be checked over again when I found some swelling and the bad news was relayed back to us on Friday.
"It's been a tight rope, but we've walked it pretty well and Douglas has done an amazing job with her."
While naturally disappointed, Sharrock was philosophical about losing his stable star. "All good things come to an end . . . but we just have to move on."
Shez Sinsational won 12 of her 30 races including last year's $500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m), this season's Group I Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings last October, the 2011 Group I Zabeel Classic (2000m) and last year's Group I Darci Brahma Stakes (2000m).
The Ekraar six-year-old was also successful in Australia, winning last year's Group II Hollindale Cup (wfa 2000m) on the Gold Coast before placings in the Queensland Oaks and Queensland Derby.
"Not many mares win from 1200m to 3200m," Sharrock said. "That's from the short distance to the extreme."
He said the highlight of Shez Sinsational's career for him was her stunning victory in the Spring Classic after some indifferent form early on in her spring campaign.
"And to win an Auckland Cup for Dad, was a big one too."
Shez Sinsational was raced on lease by Sharrock in partnership with a syndicate that included his father Bob, Alan Baeyertz, Steak Goodin, Gordon MacDonald and Graeme Phillips.
The lease agreement was due to expire at the end of this season.
Before the injury niggle worsened, Sharrock was considering racing Shez Sinsational in Sydney this autumn, before returning her to her owners.
Shez Sinsational was ridden to most of her wins by top jockey Opie Bosson.
Sharrock contacted Bosson's agent manager, Gary Cossey, to advise him of the horse's retirement.
"Opie texted me, ‘sorry to hear about the mare mate. Thanks for the good times.' So that was nice."
Plans for Shez Sinsational's breeding career have not been made, but Sharrock said written into the lease agreement was that the lessees were entitled to a foal.
"We have a meeting planned with the owners this week to discuss what happens now."
Meantime, Shez Sinsational will be boxed for 10 days to restrict her movement while the injury settles down.
- Taranaki Daily News