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J & B Met winner Martial Eagle set for retirement

South Africa: Last Saturday’s shock J & B Met winner Martial Eagle is to be retired after a recurrence of his old back problems.

Immediately after the gelding’s 80-1 big race win trainer Yogas Govender announced his plan to go for the country’s most valuable race, the Vodacom Durban July, with his seven-year-old but all that has now changed.

Govender said: “You’ve got to do things in life which you feel are right and he had such a sore back when we got him home that I feel it just wouldn’t be fair to put him through another hard Durban season.

“He has earned the right to retire and, with his back, he now deserves a life away from racing.”

Martial Eagle is a son of the German-trained globe-trotting Silvano, winner of the 2001 Arlington Million, Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup in Hong Kong and Singapore Cup.

Martial Eagle was bred by Mary Slack who last year bought Newmarket’s Abington Place stables as well as the sale-topper at Goffs Orby Sale.

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