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Margot Did - York 19.08.2011

Margot Did: top sprinter has been sold to a Coolmore associate

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Margot Did sold as broodmare prospect

LAST season's Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Margot Did has more than likely run her last race after selling to a Coolmore associate as a broodmare prospect.

The four-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel, who has failed to fire in five outings this season, has left Michael Bell's Fitzroy House yard in Newmarket, a Coolmore spokesman confirmed yesterday, and a final decision on whether she races again will be made shortly.

Margot Did provided one of the iconic moments of last season when handing her jockey Hayley Turner a popular second Group 1 success in the Nunthorpe Stakes, despite being a three-year-old running against older horses. That performance is the highlight of her 19-race career, which also included wins in last year's Scurry and Land O'Burns Stakes for owners Peter Phillip and Tim Redman.

She was also a tough and high-class two-year-old, filling the places in the Lowther, Princess Margaret and Albany Stakes.

On Thursday Bell reflected on the filly's career, in which she amassed over £250,000. He said: "She was owned by two incredibly lucky owners who have had horses with me for a long time and she's given us two wonderful years and a lot of fun.

"She was the original rags-to-riches story. She was catalogued very early in the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-up Sale which I think is one of the reasons why Richard [Frisby] was able to get her for us for only 10,000gns - we would have paid more.

"She also didn't breeze great at the sale - she came up with her ears pricked and wasn't doing a tap - but she worked really well from the start for us and went to Newbury three weeks after the sale and bolted up.

"She was unlucky not to win a stakes race at two but we changed tactics with her last year, and that turned her from a bridesmaid into a bride. She was a real pocket rocket and it's great that she's going to such a good place."




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