Canford Cliffs
Canford Cliffs

Canford Cliffs

(Photo : The Telegraph)


Tagula (IRE) - Mrs Marsh (GB)

Coolmore announced yesterday that five-time Group 1-winning miler, Canford Cliffs (Tagula), has been retired on veterinary advice and will stand at Coolmore Stud for the 2012 season.

Canford Cliffs suffered an injury to his near-fore pastern during Sussex Stakes (Gr1) at Goodwood last week where he finished second to Frankel (Galileo).

His trainer Richard Hannon said: “Canford Cliffs was a very rare type in that he had such great early speed as a two-year-old but also stretched out to be a superb miler at three and four. He is without doubt the best horse I have had in over 40 years as a trainer. It’s bitterly disappointing for his owners and for everyone here in East Everleigh that he had to be retired due to injury but at least it does explain why he hung so badly at Goodwood. We were very much looking forward to taking on Frankel again.”

A €46,000 foal purchase at the Goffs November Foal Sale, he was then sold as a yearling for £50,000 at the Doncaster St Leger Sale. At two, Canford Cliffs won the Coventry Stakes (Gr2) over 6 furlongs by six lengths. In his Classic year, he finished third in the 2,000 Guineas (Gr1) to Makfi (Dubawi) and then went on to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr1), the St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr1) and then the Sussex Stakes (Gr1). He finished off the year with a 1 1/4 length victory over Worthadd (Dubawi) in the Lockinge Stakes (Gr1).

Canford Cliffs started off this year with a one-length victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr1) at Royal Ascot beating Goldikova (Anabaa). His eleventh and final start came last week at Goodwood. Canford Cliffs had never finished unplaced; winning seven of his 11 career starts and being placed second twice and third twice.

Coolmore’s MV Magnier said: “Ever since we bought into him last year many of the top breeders in Europe have shown a very keen interest in him so I have no doubt he will be a very popular stallion.”

Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News