Leading Two Year Old Blackbeard Retired Due To Gallops Injury

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Blackbeard Retired

Aidan O'Brien's leading two year old Blackbeard who was the current favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at the start of November has been retired after picking up an injury on the gallops.

Set for a big three year old campaign off the back of his exploits as a juvenile this term, the son of No Nay Never has been a superstar this season and this sees a big shock to the racing world.

Being seen frequently this term racing eight times in total, he has progressed as a rate of knots, winning six events in total whilst placing in another two.

His latest three wins have seen him take a hat-trick of Group events, starting in France when landing the Prix Robert Papin over 6f.

The colt was then seen taking the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville and last time out he put up a career best effort to win the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Known for his quirky antics before the start of his races, he was a superb sprinter that was set for a big career and having been primed for a run at the Breeders' Cup, he will now not run.