Two veterans of the turf have run their last race, with connections of both multiple Group 1 winner Danleigh and popular Victorian galloper Jungle Ruler announcing their respective retirements today.
Danleigh had his final start in Saturday’s Doomben Cup, running a respectable seventh in what was his 63rd career start.
The nine-year-old Chris Waller-trained gelding won 10 times and recorded 19 minor placings, picking up more than $2.5 million in prizemoney along the way.
A son of Mujahid, Danleigh saluted four times at Group 1 level, winning the 2009 All Aged Stakes and Manikato Stakes as well as the 2010 George Ryder Stakes and the 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes.
Danleigh was a punter’s favourite, always seeming to give his all and producing some big performances. His most recent victory came as a nine-year-old last September in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes.
Meanwhile, Victorian nine-year-old Jungle Ruler is set to begin a career at stud after an incredible 115 starts.
The Peter White-trained grey had an incredible 115 starts for 20 wins and 24 minor placings.
Jungle Ruler never succeeded at stakes level but recorded 10 metropolitan wins and three minor black-type placings.
The son of Lion Hunter last raced at Wodonga on December 2 and last won at Warrnambool in May last year.
The popular veteran will begin his stallion career at Bombora Downs on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula where he will stand for a fee of $2500.
There has been a number of retirements made in the last week, with today’s pair following Group 1-winning mares Ortensia and Secret Admirer who raced for the last time on Saturday.
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