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Sheikh May Retire UK Star Silkwood To Stud
In the UK, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson confirmed home-bred 3YO filly Silkwood (Singspiel-Wood Vine, by Woodman) who was "one of the stars" at this year's Royal Ascot carnival in June, "could well have visited the racecourse for the last time" & may be retired to stud, reported racingpost.co.uk. Silkwood (a daughter of former Darley shuttler Singspiel) blitzed her rivals in the UK Gr2 Ribblesdale Stakes (12 furlongs) at Royal Ascot in June, but then weakened to finish last in August's Gr1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks & "scoped badly shortly before a trip to The Curragh for the Gr1 Darley Irish Oaks was aborted". As a result, "connections may well call time on her racecourse career after just 5 runs (all this year) with her value at the paddocks already ensured". Ferguson commented: "We didn't see the real Silkwood at York & she won't run again until she is right again; but at this stage retirement is a possibility."