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Golden Lilac - Chantilly - 12/06/2011

Golden Lilac was a general 33-1 chance for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe


Dual Classic heroine Golden Lilac retired

France: Andre Fabre has revealed that dual Classic winner Golden Lilac has run her last race.

Owned and bred by Dietrich von Boetticher's Gestut Ammerland, she had been in line for a potential swansong in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for which Golden Lilac was generally 33-1 after a disappointing run in the Prix Jacques le Marois last month.

"Golden Lilac is going to be retired," said Fabre. "Unfortunately, she is sick again and she won't run again."

The four year-old won six of her ten starts, notably Group 1 successes in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane and this season's Prix d'Ispahan.

While several of Fabre's potential Arc contenders test their credentials at Longchamp this weekend, plans remain fluid for impressive Deauville winner Masterstroke, who at 16-1 is regarded by bookmakers as one of France's chief hopes for the race.

Fabre said: "We're waiting on Sheikh Mohammed to decide whether he wants to save Masterstroke for Dubai, or whether he'll run again once more this season."

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