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Gr1 Star Pompeii Ruler May Not Race Again

Thursday, 12th November 2009

Trainer Mick Price “fears that dual Gr1-winner Pompeii Ruler may never race again,” reported The Daily Telegraph. Price said it was “too early to declare the gelding's career was over”, but owner Brian Coyle “had mentioned retirement as a possibility for the 7YO who has battled injuries throughout his career”. Price confirmed: “It's debatable whether he has another go or not. There is a faint hope that he may come back.” Pompeii Ruler's last injury was in August when he “rolled a fetlock” which prevented him from racing in the spring. He hasn't raced since finishing 4th to Gloria De Campeao in Singapore's Gr1 International Cup (2000m) at Kranji on May 17; at his previous start he won the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. Overall Pompeii Ruler (passed-in for just $9,000 as a yearling at the 2004 Inglis Autumn Sale in Melbourne) boasts 8 wins (also including 2007's Gr1 Darley Australian Cup over 2000m at Caulfield & Gr2 St George Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield, plus 2006's Gr2 Craiglee Stakes over 1600m at Flemington & Gr2 Liston Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) & 6 placings (including 2008's Gr1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield, Gr1 Yalumba Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield & Gr2 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield, plus 2006's Gr1 Cox Plate over 2040m at Moonee Valley & Gr1 Yalumba Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield) from 22 starts for $2,196,163 earnings.

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