Cox star Lady Macapa set for retirement after Chantilly strike
Lady Macapa, who provided the middle leg of a notable treble for Clive Cox last weekend, looks to have run her final race.
Retirement and a date in the sales ring beckon for the filly who won the Group 3 Prix du Petit Couvert at Chantilly last Sunday, a day after Harry Angel's Sprint Cup victory at Haydock and a few hours before their stablemate Snazzy Jazzy landed the lucrative Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes at the Curragh.
A tilt at the Prix de l'Abbaye had been suggested but the trainer said: "It is probably job done. I was delighted she won at Group 3 level, it was a very gutsy and determined performance and Luke Morris gave her a great ride, and from a breeding point of view it makes a huge difference.
"After winning a Group 3 I wouldn't be keen on running her back in a Listed race with a penalty. She isn't in the Abbaye and it would cost a lot of money to put her in at this stage so it may be that she has answered all questions.
"I'd say she'll have a place in the mares' sales at the end of the year."
Lady Macapa, who was bought for 88,000gns to join Cox at the end of her three-year-old campaign last year, won four of her 16 starts and earned over £73,000 in prize money.
Lady Macapa's stablemate, the highly impressive Sprint Cup winner Harry Angel, remains on course for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.
Cox said: "I don't any reason why he shouldn't run at Ascot, it is the logical path. Harry Angel has come out of the race very well and the handicapper thought it was a good performance too, he has reassessed him at 125 which is pretty good."
The going was heavy at Haydock but the Sprint Cup was staged on fresh ground and the trainer said: "I was amazed at the job Kirkland Tellwright had done with the track, they looked after that said and it had had a nice rest.
"It made that sort of performance, where he did change gear even on that round, able to be done."