21 Dec 2019

Crystal Ocean retired due to injury

Crystal Ocean suffered a career-ending injury on the Newmarket gallops on Thursday morning.
As his preparation for the Champion Stakes at Ascot and also the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe continued the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old was taking part in a canter.
His racing days are finished, Although it’s likely the Sea The Stars entire will recover to enjoy a second career at stud.
Peter Stanley, spokesman for owner Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, told the PA news service:”He has had to have two screws inserted into a cannon bone.
”He is good after surgery, he has come through the surgery and is up and about.
”At this stage the vet finds no problem at all in him heading to burst, but it’s early days.
”Clearly it didn’t happen long ago, but the hope is that he makes a complete recovery.”
Never from the three in a 17-race livelihood, Crystal Ocean was involved in an epic battle with this year’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, only losing out to Enable.
He landed the Group Among and was the horse in the world his persistent efforts penalizing at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Frankie Dettori rode him.

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