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Ribchester an “absolute superstar” says Richard Fahey

5 Nov 2017

Trainer pays tribute to his multiple Group 1 winner, who has run his final race

Ribchester’s days in the sun included his win in this year’s Lockinge Stakes. Picture:

Richard Fahey has paid tribute to Ribchester, who signed off his glittering career by finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar on Saturday.

The four-year-old has won four Group 1 races and been placed in four more in the past two seasons, his victories including the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes this year.

“Horses like this don’t come along very often, he’s been a wonderful racehorse and this was the place to bring him for his last run,” Fahey said. “He just didn’t come home as strongly as he usually does.
“He’s an absolute superstar, a wonderful horse to us and the Godolphin team. He’s tough, very quick and I’m sure he’ll make a super stallion.”

Other Series stars to bow out at the Breeders’ Cup included Marsha, who kept on to be sixth in the Sprint under Luke Morris, and Decorated Knight, unplaced in the Turf.

Marsha had previously won the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and Sir Mark Prescott, her trainer, said: “Luke thought turning for home he was in with a shout. I thought she was always in the right place and travelled well, so I have no complaints.

“She has been the most consistent sprinter in the northern hemisphere, and always runs her race. All credit to Elite Racing [Club], as they not only own her, but bred her. How many clubs that size do that?”

Decorated Knight will head for stallion duties after what has been a tremendous season, one in which he has won the Jebel Hatta in Dubai, the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. He also split Highland Reel and Ulysses in the prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

His trainer Roger Charlton said: “He has been on the go since February and I think it showed. He was very much on his toes in the paddock and got quite warm in the preliminaries.

“An announcement is forthcoming, but he will go to stud now. He’s been a great servant, he’s won a million pounds and you can’t complain about that.”

It is also likely that Churchill, the 2000 Guineas winner, has run for the final time after being unable to get competitive in the Classic.