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Daiwa Scarlet: four-time Group 1 winner has suffered a leg injury

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Dubai World Cup fancy Daiwa Scarlet retired

JAPANESE racing has been shocked by the retirement of superstar racemare Daiwa Scarlet, who was being primed to run in the Dubai World Cup.

The four-time Group 1 winner, generally 5-1 third favourite for the world's richest race, has suffered a leg injury.

Daiwa Scarlet was due to make her first start on dirt on Sunday in the Grade 1 February Stakes in Tokyo.

However, on Monday the Japan Racing Association announced that the hugely talented five-year-old had been diagnosed with superficial flexor tendonitis. She has been retired to stud.

"It's a shame that this great horse has to retire," said trainer Kunihide Matsuda. "I look forward to her children in the future."

A byword for consistency, she won eight of her 12 career starts and finishing second in the other four.

In 2007 she was Japan's champion three-year-old filly, her victories including the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas), Shuka Sho and Queen Elizabeth Cup.

In both the Oka Sho and Shuka Sho, she defeated Derby winner Vodka, with whom she developed a celebrated rivalry.

Daiwa Scarlet's 2008 campaign was interrupted with eye and splint injuries but she came back in the autumn and ended the season with her greatest performance in a fornt-running victory in the end-of-season grand prix, the Arima Kinen.

Having run her rivals ragged, she became the first female in 37 years to win the famed Nakayama finale.

She is a daughter of Agnes Tachyon, the leading sire in Japan in 2008. He took over the title from his own sire Sunday Silence who was the country's champion sire for 13 consecutive years from 1995.

Daiwa Scarlet is a three-quarters sister to the four-time Japanese Group 1-winning colt Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence), and to the Group 1-placed fillies Daiwa Rouge andDalwa Rouge, both also by Sunday Silence.

 

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