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Japanese Champ Vodka To Retire After Dubai World Cup
Japan's most popular horse Vodka (Tanino Gimlet-Tanino Sister, by Rousillon) “will retire after competing in the Gr1 Dubai World Cup in March,” reported uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. The 5YO mare & reigning Japanese Horse-Of-The-Year became only the 4th horse in JRA history to notch 7 Gr1 victories when she won last month’s Gr1 Japan Cup (2400m) at Hanshin in Tokyo; however she “suffered a nose-bleed” after that victory & was suspended from racing for one month. Japan’s Chunichi Sports reported overnight that Vodka “will be sent to a stud farm in Ireland in April”. Vodka's trainer Katsuhiko Sumii confirmed: “Dubai will be her last run. She has been recovering well after the Japan Cup. We want to put her out to pasture & prepare for the next spring. She is in fine condition. There is no more worry about nose bleeding, which is not something unusual among race horses.” Vodka currently boasts 10 wins & 7 placings from 25 starts for ¥1,333,565,800 (A$16.98m) earnings (the most by a female horse in the Japan Racing Association).