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Injury Forces Willie Cazals' Retirement
Willie Cazals' brief New Zealand career has been brought to an end by a suspensory ligament injury, reports NZ racing Desk. The Irish-bred galloper won the Gr1 Livamol Classic at Hastings last time out in his fourth appearance from the Matamata stable of Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott. "He would have suffered the injury in that race," O'Sullivan said. "We swam him for the first week afterwards and then the vet ran his eye over him and identified a suspensory ligament issue." He added: "It wasn't a major and our advice was that we could give him three or four months off and he'd be okay. But by the time he got back racing he would be 10, so we've done the decent thing and retired him." Willie Cazals (Aussie Rules-Secrete Marina, by Mujadil) retires with 6 wins (including the Gr1 Livamol Classic) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase) from 25 starts for NZ$1,805,688 earnings.