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Multiple Gr1-Winner Melito Retired To Stud
Trainer Gerald Ryan confirmed dual Gr1-winning & triple Gr2-winning (plus 7-times Gr1-placed) 4YO mare Melito (Redoute's Choice-Cloister, by Marauding) has been retired to stud following her 7th placing among the 8 runners in last weekend’s Gr1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben in Brisbane. Ryan told Sky Sports Radio: “I didn't expect her to win the race, but I thought she might finish it off a bit better. When Glen (jockey Colless) rode her yesterday, he said she didn't quite feel 100% so we got the vets to go over her & they X-rayed her. She's got a few little minor issues, changes going on in her knees, so we decided to pull the plug on her. It's just a bit of wear & tear.” Melito (a $600,000 yearling consigned by Reavill Farm at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) retires with 5 wins (in February’s Gr2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill, plus both 2010’s Gr1 Winter Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm & Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, as well as 2009's Gr2 Furious Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 13 placings (including April’s Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill & March’s Gr1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill, plus 2010’s Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350m at Doomben, Gr1 BTC Cup 1200m at Doomben, Gr1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, as well as 2009's Gr1 Thousand Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield, Gr2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m at Flemington, Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill, Gr2 Perfect Vision Ilasik Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Widden Stakes over 1100m at Randwick) from 26 starts (16 at Gr1 level) for $1,934,950 earnings.