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Verrazano Retired

Monday, 18th August 2014

Verrazano (More Than Ready-Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway) has been retired to stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in the US after suffering an injury in the Gr1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown last month, reports Sky Sports. The 4YO son of More Than Ready was a multiple Gr1 winner for leading American trainer Todd Pletcher, with his career highlight being a brilliant 9.75-length win in the Gr1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park last year. Verrazano joined the Ballydoyle stable of leading trainer Aidan O'Brien earlier this year after the Coolmore triumvirate of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier, who owned the colt in partnership with the US-based Let's Go Stable, purchased him outright. Although he failed to win a race during his brief European campaign, Verrazano managed Gr1 placings in both the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. "Verrazano was found to be lame after the Eclipse and although it is not a significant injury, time would not permit us to have him ready for the Breeders' Cup so the decision has been made to retire him," O'Brien told www.coolmore.com. "It's very disappointing as he ran two lovely races on his first two starts for us and we had been looking forward to a great season with him." Verrazano retires with 6 wins from 13 starts for over £1.2 million prize-money.

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