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Series star Postponed retired after suffering stress fracture

5 May 2017

The wonderful six-year-old won the King George, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International

Postponed and Andrea Atzeni winning The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup

Postponed, who won three QIPCO British Champions Series races, has been retired after suffering a stress fracture.

Trainer Roger Varian revealed the news on Friday morning and said the six-year-old had been a “magnificent racehorse” who had been a pleasure and privilege to train.

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, Postponed won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2015, when trained by Luca Cumani, and last year was a brilliant winner of the Investec Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International Stakes.

In total, the son of Dubawi won nine of his 19 races and almost £5 million in prize money.

“Postponed has been a magnificent racehorse to have in the yard and it has been both a pleasure and privilege to oversee the second phase of his career,” Varian said.

“I am very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid for allowing me that opportunity and to Postponed himself for proving such a willing and talented ally.

“It’s a shame for everyone that we won’t see him on a racecourse again, and it’s especially sad for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, who showed such sportsmanship in keeping him in training.

“Postponed had all the attributes of the complete champion racehorse – the speed, the stamina, and a telling kick. He travelled like a machine.”

The Newmarket-based handler added: “A stress fracture like this wouldn’t usually be career-ending – except that it’s May and he’s six, and we don’t want to take unnecessary risks with him,” the trainer said.

“He’s done us all proud, and we owe him a great debt of gratitude.”

A decision on Postponed’s future stud plans will be taken at a later date.