Last month’s Sussex Stakes hero Mohaather has been retired from racing after suffering ‘significant’ bone bruising to his hind fetlock.
Purchased for 110,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2017, Mohaather entered the yard of Marcus Tregoning and secured the first victory of his career in a 6f maiden at Nottingham in October 2018.
That was followed by victory in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury at the end of his juvenile season before returning to the same track for his first start at three where he took the Group 3 Greenham Stakes.
Injury ruled him out of contesting last year’s 2,000 Guineas and he returned back to his best this year with victories in the Group 2 Summer Mile and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last month.
Speaking to the Press Association, Sheikh Hamdan’s Racing Manager Angus Gold said: “Towards the end of last week it was noticed that Mohaather was not moving as well as he had been immediately after the Sussex Stakes.
“Precautionary x-rays were taken over the weekend which have revealed significant bone bruising in his near hind fetlock joint; unfortunately, this will put paid to the rest of his campaign, and as a result Sheikh Hamdan has taken the decision to retire the colt to stud.
“Mohaather won Group races as a two, three and four-year-old and reserved his best effort for his last outing, where he beat the winners of this year’s English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, together with dual Group 1 Royal Ascot winner Circus Maximus, quickening from an impossible position inside the last two furlongs in the manner of a top-class miler.
“While it is sad that he will not get the chance to take on the best of the milers in the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup at the end of this year, he retires at the top of his game, and on behalf of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum I would like to thank Marcus Tregoning and his team for the outstanding job they did with him.”
Mohaather should have plenty of appeal when he takes up stud duties being a son of Whitsbury Manor Stud’s stallion Showcasing and out of the Inchinor mare Roodeye, who is from the family of another Group 1 winner in the shape of Accidental Agent.
You can read more about the breeding of Mohaather in the latest edition of The Finish Line with his breeder Gaie Johnson Houghton here.