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French Champ Could Retire This Weekend
Outstanding 5YO mare Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit-Ventura, by Spectrum) may be retired following Sunday's Gr1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The mare's trainer, Freddie Head, says the decision will ultimately rest with owner George Strawbridge, but that nevertheless he expects her career bow to be sooner rather than later. "Her future depends on Sunday, this could be her last race," Head revealed at Sha Tin trackwork on Wednesday. "Her future hangs on Sunday's race. As a trainer, I'd love to have her another season but the decision is up to George Strawbridge, who bred and owns her... the mare will be six-years-old soon and as a breeder, surely he can't wait to take her to stud." Head added: "You don't want her to race one time too many. It is the kind of thing that you cannot really anticipate." The darling of French racing, who has won six times all told at Gr1 level, heads into Sunday's Gr1 feature as a dominant favourite having won her past four starts, the last three all at Gr1 level.