Retirement Round Up – Big Exodus of Stars

Over the past couple of weeks, a large number of gallopers have had the curtains pulled down on their racing careers.

Triple Group 1 winner Ortensia has been retired to a career at stud. Photo: Taron Clarke.

Some will begin careers at stud, some will become showjumpers, while others are destined for a life of leisure in the paddock.

Miss the news of some of these retirements? Then keep reading for a run down of some notable horses to have recently left the racing scene.


  • Trainer: Paul Messara
  • Gender: Mare
  • Age: 7YO
  • Record: 38-13:3:4
  • Major Wins: Three Group 1s – Winterbottom Stakes, Al Quoz Sprint (Dubai), Nunthorpe Stakes (UK)
  • Last race: Ortensia Stakes (9th), May 18, 2013
  • Where to next? Stud career

Secret Admirer

  • Trainer: Grahame Begg
  • Gender: Mare
  • Age: 5YO
  • Record: 28-3:5:10
  • Major Wins: Two Group 1s – Flight Stakes, Epsom Handicap
  • Last race: Doomben Cup (3rd), May 18, 2013
  • Where to next? Stud Career


  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Age: 9YO
  • Record: 63-10:7:12
  • Major Wins: Four Group 1s – All Aged Stakes, Manikato Stakes, George Ryder Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes
  • Last race: Doomben Cup (7th), May 18, 2013
  • Where to next? Unknown


  • Trainer: David Vandyke
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Age: 6YO
  • Record: 25-11:2:3
  • Major Wins: Group 2 Hill Stakes, Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes, Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality
  • Last race: Doomben Cup (9th), May 18, 2013
  • Where to next? Showjumping

Jungle Ruler

  • Trainer: Peter White
  • Gender: Stallion
  • Age: 9YO
  • Record: 115-20:12:12
  • Major Wins: No stakes wins but was a 10-time metropolitan winner
  • Last race: Wodonga Cup (12th), December 2, 2012
  • Where to next? Stud Career

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