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Grahame Begg’s dual Group 1 winning mare Secret Admirer has officially been retired this week following her courageous swansong run in the Doomben Cup over the weekend.
The five-year-old daughter of Dubawi bows out of racing with a record of three wins and an impressive 15 minor placings from 28 career starts for a tidy $1,443,530 in prize money, her Randwick-based trainer Begg sad to have finally pulled the pin.
“It’s over,” Begg said. “She’s been a wonderful horse to our stable and is sad to think she won’t walk back through our doors at Randwick.”
Secret Admirer’s farewell appearance was a third to the Chris Waller-trained imports Beaten Up and Foreteller in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on Saturday when defeated under a length by the winner.
It was a solid effort from the $14 chance and a nice improvement on her earlier runs this prep.
A consistent performer at elite level during the various racing carnivals with a total of eight places from 18 attempts at Group 1 level, Secret Admirer was last seen in the winners’ stall in October of 2011 when she enjoyed a big one and three quarter length victory over the ill-fated Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
That was her second Group 1 trophy following a narrow victory over More Strawberries in the 2010 Coolmore Flight Stakes also over the Randwick mile.
Some of her other more notable efforts between the Epsom and her retirement included her third to Metal Bender in last year’s George Ryder Stakes, her third to Shoot Out in the George Main Stakes last September, and her back-to-back thirds in the Myer Classic and Emirates Stakes over the Flemington mile during the Melbourne Cup Carnival last November.
“There’s no doubting she was a Group I class racehorse,” Begg said.
“She was the sort of horse whose racing pattern worked against her but if you look back through her career she raced against the best and was always competitive.”
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