Sahpresa winning her third Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in SeptemberPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Triple Sun Chariot winner Sahpresa retired
TRAINER Rodolphe Collet has revealed that triple Sun Chariot Stakes winner Sahpresa has been retired to owner Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm in Japan.
The six-year-old mare could finish only eighth on her final start in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile, but Collet had nothing but praise for her.
"She wasn't quite herself for her last run, but over the years I couldn't have asked for anything more from her, she never disappointed me," he said.
Sahpresa won five Group races in as many campaigns and it was her unique hat-trick in the Kingdom of Bahrain-sponsored Sun Chariot at Newmarket which cemented her place in the record books.
"Sahpresa has taken us far and wide, as well as bringing me my first Group 1," said Collet.
"She will leave a big void but I hope to find another filly like her."
Sahpresa was arguably at her peak this year, thrashing subsequent Group 1 winner Moonlight Cloud on her seasonal debut when conceding a stone to her younger rival. She also finished a short neckand then a nose behind Goldikova in the Prix Rothschild and Prix Jacques le Marois respectively.