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Workouts fuel talk Zenyatta will come out of retirement

Speculation is mounting in America that wonder mare Zenyatta could make a sensational return to racing after she was put through her paces at Hollywood Park this week.

The six-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic in November, taking her record to 14 races unbeaten and seemingly earning her retirement.

Trainer John Shirreffs insists owners Jerry and Ann Moss have not deviated from their statement after Santa Anita -- that Zenyatta was retired and would be bred in 2010 -- but three workouts in six weeks means rumours of a return to the racecourse are rife.

"That decision is Mr Moss's and he hasn't said anything other than what he said after the Breeders' Cup," said Shirreffs. "I think a lot of people would like to see her run and I would also say she's accomplished enough and let her retire."

Classy sprinter Sir Gerry is being being prepared for a winter campaign in Dubai.

The 2007 Gimcrack Stakes winner was due to have a prep run for his Middle East trip at Wolverhampton this afternoon, but the meeting had to be abandoned with conditions deemed unraceable.

Although Sir Gerry finished down the field over seven furlongs at Kempton last time, Galligan admits that would not have been his ideal trip.

"He doesn't stay seven furlongs, he is a six-furlong specialist and and may well be fast enough for five furlongs still," said Galligan.

"But we had to go for that seven-furlong race as there was nothing else.

"People have been quick to write him off but we are hoping a trip to Meydan will bring a change of luck and will bear some fruit."


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