Former Irish 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace winner Canford Cliffs has been retired to stud. Trainer Richard Hannon confirmed the news this afternoon.
The five-time Group One winner was second to Frankel in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last week but many racing fans believed that he was not at his best that day.Hannon admitted that the four year old suffered a slight injury during the race and it was part of the reason connections decided to end his racing career.
“He has a bit of a shadow on the joint running into the pastern and that could turn into something nasty – it could turn into a fracture,” said Hannon.
Canford Cliffs will stand in Ireland at Coolmore Stud in accordance with a deal that was agreed at the end of last season.
Hannon added: “He’s a perfectly sound horse and I could very nearly go on training him, but under that light, I don’t want to do the horse any damage as he’s done us so proud.
“It’s a terrible shame – it’s heartbreaking, but I don’t want to see him end up with a bad injury.
“If we carried on, we would have to give him box rest and with a big horse like him, he’d just get bigger and bigger and heavier and heavier.
“Doing that might just cause him a bad injury and that would break everybody’s heart.
“He now goes off to stud sound. If anything happened to him, I couldn’t forgive myself.
“He’s been a fantastic horse for the yard. He’s won five Group Ones – you can’t do any more than that.”