Australia, the brilliant son of Galileo and multiple Gr.1 winner Ouija Board (Cape Cross), has been retired after an injury in his off hind foot jeopardised his preparation for Champions Day at Ascot.
Australia shot to the head of the Derby betting after slamming the highly-touted Free Eagle by six lengths in the Gr.3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Trial Stakes at Leopardstown last year. Returning in the Gr.1 2,000 Guineas, he was only headed close home by Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) and the Champion miler elect Kingman (Invincible Spirit). Three straight Gr.1 wins followed in the Gr.1 Derby, the Gr.1 Irish Derby and the Gr.1 Juddmonte International at York.
"From very early days we thought Australia was as good as any horse we have ever had here and nothing has happened to change our view," said Aidan O'Brien. "He's unique."
"While it's very disappointing that we won't get to see him in action again at Ascot, we're delighted to have him retiring to Coolmore for 2015 to stand alongside his illustrious sire. He really has everything one would look for in a stallion," said Coolmore's Director of Sales David O'Loughlin.
Extract from European Bloodstock News