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UK Star Cockney Rebel Retired To Stud After Freak Accident
In the UK, this season's star 3YO colt & dual Gr1 English 2000 Guineas-Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel (Val Royal-Factice, by Known Fact) has been retired "after being injured in a freak accident when cantering in Newmarket" in morning trackwork, reported racingpost.co.uk. Trainer Geoff Huffer explained: "Cockney Rebel was cantering & spooked at a piece of paper & hit his near fore leg with his hind leg as he finished his canter; when he went back to the stables there was a slight swelling on his near fore. The vet was called to scan him & said the horse would need 3 months rest. After consultation with owner Phil Cunningham, Phil took the decision to retire Cockney Rebel, as he quite rightly points out the horse has proven himself to be one of the best milers for many a year." Hufer confirmed "connections are considering options for him to stand at stud". Cockney Rebel (whose sire is former Eliza Park shuttler & US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal) was initially sold as a foal at UK Tattersalls for 15,000 guineas (A$39,000) & resold a year later as a yearling at Doncaster's 2005 St Leger Sale for 30,000 guineas (A$78,000). Last year as a 2YO he finished 3rd in the UK Gr2 Champagne Stakes (7 furlongs) at York & overall retires with 3 wins (including both May's Gr1 English 2000 Guineas over 8 furlongs at Newmarket & Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas over 8 furlongs at the Curragh) from 6 starts for £448,721 (A$1.076m) earnings. In June racingpost.co.uk reported Cunningham had already received a £10 million (A$24m) offer for Cockney Rebel.