Classic winner retires through injury

Updated: February 8, 2012

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Classic winner Blue Bunting has been retired by Godolphin it was announced on Wednesday.

The winner of the 1000 Guineas and Darley Irish Oaks last season, Blue Bunting had been expected to make her seasonal debut on Dubai World Cup night at the end of March.

However she suffered an injury while in training and will now be retired to the paddocks where she will be covered by Darley stallion Street Cry.

Speaking after the announcement racing manager Simon Crisford told the operation’s website: “Because Blue Bunting would have needed a long period of recuperation before coming back into training, the decision has been made to retire her to stud for an early covering

“It is a pity Blue Bunting will not have the chance again to show what a brilliant racehorse she was but we look forward to her becoming a great success at stud.”

Mahmood Al Zarooni, who trained Blue Bunting, also paid tribute to her.

“Blue Bunting will be a filly who I will always remember because of what she has done,” he said. “She gave me my first Classic victory in both Britain and Ireland, and it is both sad and good that she is retiring to stud.

“It is sad because I will no longer be training her for the best races but good as, hopefully, I will train her babies. Blue Bunting was an easy filly to train – she knew her business very well – and turned into a top-class racehorse.”

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