Saturday 18 January 2020

Aquarius racing career over

Age of Aquarius. Photo: Getty Images
Age of Aquarius. Photo: Getty Images

Age Of Aquarius will still be able to have a career as a stallion after breaking down in the Artemis Goodwood Cup.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained stayer, runner-up in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his previous start, went wrong with around half a mile to run when in the lead.

The four-year-old colt was swiftly taken to Arundel Equine Hospital, where subsequent X-rays revealed he had sustained ruptured ligaments below the fetlock of his off-fore.

However he is now back in Ireland to continue his recovery and although his racing days are over, the son of Galileo can be saved for stud.

"After sustaining a serious injury yesterday in the Goodwood Cup Age Of Aquarius was transferred to the Arundel Veterinary Hospital where he received great care and attention for which we are very grateful," O'Brien told

"Age Of Aquarius has arrived back to Fethard Equine Hospital this morning and we are delighted to report that we are going to be able to save the horse for breeding.

"Essentially he has torn ligaments at the back of his fetlock joint and although his recuperation will be long, we hope and expect that he should be back out in the paddock in a few months."

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