Winchester the winner of four Grade 1 races in the US has been retiredPICTURE: Equisports Photos Diane Boothe
Multiple Grade 1 winner Winchester retired
WINCHESTER, a four-time Grade 1 winner on the US turf, has been retired from racing with plans for a stud position being finalised.
Like his sire, Theatrical, Winchester began his career with Dermot Weld before being transferred to be trained in America. With only one win in maiden company to his name, and having finished seventh in the Irish Derby on his last start, the Bertram Firestone homebred embarked on an ambitious assault on the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington in 2008 but proved a revelation, scoring by more than seven lengths.
After moving to Christophe Clement at four he developed into one of the country's leading turf performers, taking his Grade 1 tally to four with victories in the Manhattan Handicap and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at five and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes at six last year.
Winchester, whose damRum Charger won the Group 3 Ballycorus Stakes, can be inspected by breeders at Miacomet Farm in Kentucky.