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Well-Deserved Retirement for Dar Re Mi

The news that John Gosden's terrific mare Dar Re Mi has run her last race and has been retired with immediate effect has doubtless come as something of a surprise to the five-year-old's many fans, who were hoping she would be seen in Paris, giving it her all, in October's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for which she had been quoted at odds of just 16/1, writes Elliot Slater.

Dar Re Mi

Dar Re Mi
It appears that the daughter of Singspiel has been suffering from a series of niggling minor ailments and, after much consideration, her owners, Sir Andrew and Lady Lloyd Webber, together with her trainer, have decided that Dar Re Mi, a winner of more than £2.6 million in prize money, owes them nothing and deserves an honourable retirement while still in good health.

A winner of 6 of her 17 career starts, including three at Group 1 level, Dar Re Mi's finest hour was almost certainly her famous victory in the heat of the Dubaian desert when landing the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan (beating Japanese star Buena Vista), under an inspired ride from William Buick in March. Following a spring break she returned to action in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July and ran well until tiring entering the final furlong, suggesting that the run would bring her back to her best.

As it turned out, that was the last time that we would see Dar Re Mi on a racecourse, but alongside her victory in Dubai, her successes at York in the Yorkshire Oaks (where she bravely beat an in-form Sariska), at the Curragh in the Pretty Polly Stakes, as well as the controversial decision when demoted from first place for very marginal interference with local darling Stacelita in last year's Prix Vermeille, will be the performances for which she is best remembered.

As usual, John Gosden's handling of his charge was exemplary, and it is undoubtedly the case that he, together with thousands of racing fans in Britain and beyond, will be eagerly looking forward to Dar Re Mi's offspring reaching the racecourse in three years' time. They'll certainly be ones to keep an eye on when you bet on horse racing in the future!

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