Leading miler in 2020 Mohaather for trainer Marcus Tregoning has been retired at the age of four after picking up significant bone bruising to his near-hind fetlock.
The four year old has been a shining light for the experienced trainer and at Glorious Goodwood he gave him is first Group One win for 14 years in the Sussex Stakes.
The Hamdan Al Maktoum owned star had been eyed at some more huge prizes after his win at the Sussex track with a trip back to Ascot seeming the most likely option for the QEII Stakes on British Champions Day, after already winning over the course and distance in the Group Two Summer Mile.
However, the black type winning star will not be seen again on a racecourse and it is no surprise to see the superstar pick up another injury after for most his career he has been very fragile.
The son of Showcasing missed most of his three-year-old campaign through injury and missed the 2000 Guineas at the start of this season having picked up a niggle just a week before the Classic event.
In total, he won five of his eight races and recorded a career-high Racing Post Rating of 127 in the Sussex Stakes.
He is the horse that put the legendary Marcus Tregoning back on the map and it is unfortunate we will not get to see him again.
(Credit ATR) Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold said in a statement to the PA news agency: “Towards the end of last week it was noticed that Mohaather was not moving as well as he had been immediately after the Sussex Stakes.
“Precautionary X-rays were taken over the weekend which have revealed significant bone bruising in his near hind fetlock joint; unfortunately this will put paid to the rest of his campaign, and as a result Sheikh Hamdan has taken the decision to retire the colt to stud.
“Mohaather won Group races as a two, three and four-year-old and reserved his best effort for his last outing, where he beat the winners of this year’s English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, together with dual Group One Royal Ascot winner Circus Maximus, quickening from an impossible position inside the last two furlongs in the manner of a top-class miler.
“While it is sad that he will not get the chance to take on the best of the milers in the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup at the end of this year, he retires at the top of his game, and on behalf of HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum I would like to thank Marcus Tregoning and his team for the outstanding job they did with him.”
His trainer Marcus Tregoning also added: “It’s a blow, but the horse retires intact – that’s the main thing.
“The Goodwood win was fantastic. If he couldn’t get the win at Royal Ascot, to beat two Guineas winners and the Queen Anne winner in the Sussex Stakes was brilliant.
“When you watch it again, he had to pull round them all, giving away three lengths – and he still absolutely hammered them.“He was a very good horse, and we were incredibly lucky to have had him. I don’t think I’ve seen one – in my time anyway, including my time with Dick Hern – with two bursts of electric speed. I haven’t seen that before.