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Smart Kiwi Mare Retired

Friday, 6th October 2017

Highly talented New Zealand racemare Capella (Rip Van Winkle-Limerick, by Grosvenor) has been retired due to a recurring fetlock injury, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gary Harding-bred and raced 5YO will fly to Australia next Tuesday and has a tentative booking to Arrowfield Stud's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel. Matamata trainer Danica Guy withdrew Capella from tomorrow's Gr1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings earlier this week after her fetlock injury flared up again. "Things have just gone wrong with her. She sprained her fetlock in the Rich Hill Mile and she must have torn the ligament over the fetlock worse than we thought she had," Guy said. "She'd been coming along great but it's just flared up." Guy labelled Capella the most talented horse she has ever trained. "I've had nothing that can gallop like her," she said. "She can run fast sectionals and maintain that. She's a bit freakish like that." The sparingly raced Capella (Rip Van Winkle-Limerick, by Grosvenor) retires with three wins from 14 starts. Her career highlight was winning the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) as a 3YO. She was also third in the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2100m) at Te Rapa and fourth in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie.

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