Waldgeist Set For Retirement After Arc Triumph


2019 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Waldgeist looks set for retirement after his superb win in the richest flat race on turf at Paris Longchamp at the start of the month with there being suspicions of him having one last run at the Breeders Cup but that now looks unlikely.

The five year old son of Galileo shocked the racing world at odds of 16/1 to take the spoils on his home soil and since then has been priced up at 6/1 to take the spoils at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup Turf.

He would have a leading chance in the Group One contest over in America with the form from the Arc already being franked with fifth placed Magical since going on to land the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day.

His connections look to be saving him for stud rather than thinking about adding to his four black type wins during his career and his trainer revealed they are still up in the air as to where to send him for stud.

(Credit Racing Post) Trainer Andre Fabre said: "We're talking to the good [stud] farms and the wish is to retire him.

"Nobody is really keen to think about another race at this stage."

Just after the geldings win the arc his owner, Von Boetticher was already leaning towards retirement for Waldgeist but insisted no decision would be made without talking to his trainer. 

During the post-race press conference, the owner said: "It would be natural to say it can't get any better than this and that we should finish, but I have known Andre Fabre now for so many years that I would never make a decision of which he doesn't approve. So far I'm not making a decision."

When asked about a possible trip over to America for the Breeders Cup he added: "I think with a horse like this everything could be possible. On the other hand, he has done a huge job travelling from one end of the world to the other and run against tough competition in top races so I think not, after all he is a living being and not a machine.

"You should not exhaust a living being and this is about as much as we could all hope to do. We will certainly take into consideration what is good for him and not what is good for us."