Russian Camelot will be retired to stud after sustaining a tendon injury.
The dual Group 1 winner, who ran an epic second in the All-Star Mile last Saturday, was found to have a “slight tear” in his near-fore tendon.
Connections made the “heartbreaking decision” on Thursday to retire the $2.34m-earning superstar.
Managing owner John Wheeler said connections would be forever grateful for being involved in the horse.
“Today is an extremely disappointing day for us all, however we will be forever indebted to such a magnificent horse who gave us all the most exhilarating experience that we will never forget,” Wheeler said.
Russian Camelot recorded four wins, four seconds and a third from 11 starts.
Champion trainer Danny O’Brien hailed Russian Camelot as “a standout colt” from the moment he was bought in England.
“Although we only saw him race 11 times, he made a significant impact on the Australian racing scene,” O’Brien said.
“He is a horse that turned up in any weather and under any conditions, gave his all and never let anyone down.
“He was just an outstanding racehorse.”
Russian Camelot (left) was denied in the All-Star Mile by Mugatoo. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Russian Camelot raced five times at Group 1 level last spring, including an Underwood Stakes win and courageous third in the Cox Plate.
He was set for the All-Star Mile and crunched in the market accordingly only to find Mugatoo marginally better in the conditions.
“It’s a shame his career ends prematurely as I felt his best racing was ahead of him up in Sydney this autumn and to next spring and beyond,” O’Brien said.
“However, I have no doubt he will have a significant impact on our industry for years to come through his stud career.”
Connections are working through a “variety” of potential stud deals.
Originally published asInjury forces Russian Camelot into early retirement
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