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African Rose - Ladbrokes Sprint Cup

African Rose: last season's Ladbrokes Sprint Cup winner has been retired to stud after bleeding during the Prix Maurice de Gheest on Sunday

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

African Rose
retired to stud

AFRICAN ROSE, winner of last season's Ladbrokes Sprint Cup, has been retired to stud after she was found to have bled during the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday.

The four-year-old daughter of Observatory, who was bidding to go one better than last year, will now join the Juddmonte broodmare band.

"African Rose has never bled before but it can happen at any time," said the filly's trainer, Criquette Head-Maarek, following the race.

"I have spoken to Teddy Grimthorpe and she will now be retired to stud."

Trained by Head-Maarek on behalf of Prince Khaled Abdullah, African Rose retires as the winner of three of 13 starts.

Her finest moment arrived in last season's rescheduled Ladbrokes Sprint Cup at Doncaster, in which she swooped late to deny Assertive, but she was also successful in the Listed Prix du Pont-Neuf and ran a close second to Marchand D'Or in last season's Prix Maurice de Gheest.

The first foal out of the Lancashire Oaks-placed New Orchid, African Rose was closely related to Dewhurst Stakes winner Distant Music. Her further family includes US champion Vanlandingham.






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