Promising stayer Ana Royale has been retired to the breeding barn after suffering a career-ending injury at trackwork on Friday morning.
The daughter of Anacheeva finished third in both the Schweppes Oaks and Queensland Derby and recorded a career-highlight with a dominant victory in the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic.
Trainer Stuart Webb said the four-year-old fractured a near-front medial sesamoid during a light piece of work at Caulfield on Friday morning.
“She had a gallop Tuesday and more pace work Wednesday and routine trot up Thursday and got through it all well,” Webb said.
“She was just having a trot and canter with a senior jockey on who thought her action was great and from which she pulled up well, by the time she got back to her box she was a bit sore.
“The injury was bad enough that she will have to undergo a reasonable amount of time in confinement so whether she makes this breeding season or not will be determined in the next few weeks but it would be the latter end of the breeding season if she did make it.”
Webb said we never got to see the best of Ana Royale, who he thought could have developed into a pretty serious stayer with added maturity.
“She was always going to be a better horse with another preparation or two,” he said.
“The form around Egg Tart looks very good and she nearly should’ve beaten her in Adelaide and Ruthven looked exceptional and she had no luck behind him in the Queensland Derby.
“It’s devastating for Geoff Guest and Jill Kewish from Rockmount, they put a lot into racing and really loved this mare but they will no doubt give her a great home as a broodmare.”