Princess Coup: mare retired after being found to have heat in a tendonPICTURE: Mark Dadswell/ Getty Images
Top NZ racemare Princess Coup retired
New Zealand: Princess Coup, one of the top racemares in Australasia in recent years, has been retired.
The five-year-old - winner of the last two runnings of the Kelt Capital stakes, New Zealand's most prestigious race - wasfound to have heat in a tendon by trainer Mark Walker on Monday.
The decision was immediately made to end her racing career.
Walker shared in the ownership of the Australian-bred mare with Ray Coupland and John Bromley, and Princess Coup provided them with a multitude of thrills on both sides of the Tasman.
The daughter of Encosta De Lago first came to prominence as a three-year-old when she won seven races including the Group 1 New Zealand Oaksat Trentham.
The following season was even better - Princess Coup raced on 12 occasions, winning the Group 1 Kelt Capital Stakes at Hastings and the Group 2 St George Stakes at Caulfield.
Among her minor placings were seconds in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes, the BMW and the Mackinnon Stakes, and thirds in the Caulfield Cup and Stoney Bridge Stakes, all at Group 1 level.
As a five-year-old, she again won the Kelt Capital and also added the Stoney Bridge Stakes, before starting favourite in the Cox Plate, in which she finished ninth behind Maldivian. Her last start was in the Mackinnon Stakes, when she again finished out of the money.
Although she achieved just about everything at home in a glittering career, Princess Coup will retire having failed to snare an elusive Group 1 victory on Australian soil.
All told, Princess Coup raced on 33 occasions for 12 wins and 10 minor placings, and she amassed earnings of $A2,858,339 (£1.394m).