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Time Called On Irish Fling's Career
Co-trainer Guy Lowry says the premature retirement of Irish Fling (Darci Brahma-Irish Belle, by O'Reilly) has denied the well-performed New Zealand sprinter the opportunity to realise her full potential, reports NZ Racing Desk. The winner of this year's Gr1 Telegraph Handicap is thought to have suffered the career-ending injury when finishing last in the Gr1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in March. "There was some heat in the leg after she ran in the Galaxy and further tests revealed a tear in the ligament," Lowry said. "It is hugely disappointing for Grant [co-trainer Grant Cullen] and I as we think she was just reaching full maturity as a racehorse. Although she was a Group One winner the best was never really seen of her." Irish Fling won 5 of her 17 starts, including the Gr1 Telegraph at Trentham in January and the Listed Pegasus Stakes at Riccarton last November. Out of the Group performed O'Reilly mare Irish Belle, she hails from the family of the former champion 3YO and dual Gr1 New Zealand 1,000 Guineas and Levin Classic winner Final Destination.