Missunited forced to retire after Lillie victory
Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30
MICK WINTERS' brilliant mare Missunited is to be retired after she injured herself in winning the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood.
The 3/1 favourite and jockey Jim Crowley held off all-comers in a typically tenacious performance in the Group Three event.
Unfortunately, as soon as she had beaten Arabian Comet by half a length, she was dismounted on the racecourse and it emerged later she had picked up a career-ending injury to a suspensory ligament in a leg.
"I'd say that could be her finale now, we've seen the best from her," Winters said of his former Galway Hurdle winner which finished a battling third in this year's Ascot Gold Cup.
"If you had a choice to finish up here, I think you'd pick it. She ran her heart out all the way to the line. It's fabulous and I suppose she's a horse of a lifetime.
"She is known by everyone in the National Hunt scene and now she's done it on the Flat as well.
"I'm not looking forward to putting her in foal, but her owners probably are."
Crowley was also given a two-day whip ban (August 14-15).
The day saw a resurgent Cavalryman met the specialist demands of the Sussex Downs better than his opponents as he led home Ahzeemah in an Artemis Goodwood Cup one-two for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
The same could not be said for The Queen's 2/1 favourite Estimate, which was a bitterly disappointing last.
Her chances of heading to Australia for a historic Melbourne Cup challenge now look remote.