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Horse Racing: Peeress retired to paddocks after Lockinge flop.

Byline: By John Sexton

DUAL Group 1 heroine Peeress, out of the frame for the first time in her career when sixth to Red Evie in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last weekend, has been retired to the paddocks.

The six-year-old, winner of seven of her 18 races, including last year's Group 1 Lockinge, will be based at Cheveley Park Stud, whose silks she carried with such distinction on the racecourse. "I think it was right to take another chance on her this year, but she just didn't sparkle as we had hoped at Newbury and so we've decided to call it a day," said Cheveley Park's managing director Chris Richardson yesterday.

He added: "She will spend the summer here and be covered for the first time next season. It's a bit too early to say which stallion she will be sent to, as we won't be doing the matings for 2008 until later in the year.

"However, I think that Medicean would be a real possibility, or she may go to a stallion abroad."

Peeress ran once as a juvenile, finishing third to Damsel in a backend maiden at Newmarket.

After winning three races from five starts at three, she found her stride in her third season, winning three of her six races, including the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Richardson added: "Peeress owes us absolutely nothing and has been a great servant to the stud, and hopefully she will do just as well in her new career."

Peeress's dam, Noble One, has a sister foal this year, and has been covered again by Pivotal.

Richardson said: "The foal is exactly the same as Peeress - chestnut, with a small white star.

We also have another full-sister, Noble Lady, as we have tried to repeat the success - so we have a nice little dynasty starting there."

Peeress was trained by Sir Michael Stoute and retires with earnings of more than pounds 500,000.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2007
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