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Gr3-Winner Needs Further Retired To Stud
Gr3-winning 4YO stallion Needs Further (Encosta De Lago-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) has been retired due to a "joint condition" after just 5 starts, with 3 victories including 2011's Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. Gooree Stud manager Andrew Baddock commented: "I really thought Needs Further was a Doncaster or an Epsom horse. He was a very good colt who I was confident had Gr1 ability if he had remained sound. It's such a tragedy that he'll never get to show the world just how good we thought he was. From birth he was always a bit of a stand out." And Baddock noted: "When our better colts retire from racing, for example Northern Meteor & Smart Missile, it is our policy to retain an interest in them at stud. In Needs Further's case we will also be doing exactly that. I have no doubt he can make the grade as a sire." Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock "has been appointed to handle the next phase of his career".