Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's multiple Group 1 winner Postponed has been retired as the result of a stress fracture.
Trainer Roger Varian made the announcement on his website Friday morning; he didn't specify the location of the injury.
The son of Dubawi won the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a 4-year-old and enjoyed a banner season in 2016, when taking the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic, G1 Coronation Cup and G1 Juddmonte International.
On his website Varian said, “Postponed has been a magnificent racehorse to have in the yard and it has been both a pleasure and privilege to oversee the second phase of his career. I am very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid for allowing me that opportunity and to Postponed himself for proving such a willing and talented ally.”
“It's a shame for everyone that we won't see him on a racecourse again, and it's especially sad for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, who showed such sportsmanship in keeping him in training.
“A stress fracture like this wouldn't usually be a career-ending injury – except that it's May and he's six, and we don't want to take unnecessary risks with him. He's done us all proud, and we owe him a great debt of gratitude.”
Stud plans for Postponed will be announced at a later date.
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