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Cape Verdi and Wince retired; Connections pay tributes to fillies.

CLASSIC winners Wince and Cape Verdi have both been retired to the paddocks, it was announced yesterday, writes Tom Goff.

Tributes immediately poured in for the star fillies, winners of the last two runnings of the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas.

Frankie Dettori, who partnered Cape Verdi to victory in the 1998 Newmarket Classic, described the success as "explosive and one of the best moments in my career", while Henry Cecil, who sent out Wince to take this year's renewal, said: "Wince was a very, very good filly who was utterly genuine."

Wince has not raced since finishing slightly lame after her attempt to add the Irish 1,000 Guineas to her Newmarket win saw her finish fifth at The Curragh in May.

She was prepared for the Coronation Stakes, but failed to please Cecil in the run-up to the Royal meeting and missed the race. Subsequent problems with a hind joint have forced a decision to retire her to owner Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket.

Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Beckett said yesterday: "We have taken the decision to retire her as she wasn't showing the same sparkle as she did earlier in the year.

"She was a wonderful and genuine filly, and her Guineas victory was particularly memorable for Prince Khalid because, not only was she a home-bred winner of a Classic, but she also provided him with a quintet of English Classic winners. I'm sure she'll make a lovely broodmare, but we haven't yet decided which stallion she will visit."

Cecil said: "She was a wonderful filly on her day, who beat a lot of good fillies when she won the Guineas. She was a pleasure to train and I'm sure she'll prove a great success at stud, as she was blessed with a great turn of foot."

Cape Verdi's retirement comes as no surprise after she finished last for Godolphin in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last month. After her stunning five-length demolition of her Guineas field, she failed to stay in the Derby, and later sustained a severe injury to a hind pastern, but came back to run third in the Falmouth Stakes before her recent Goodwood run.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "She's been retired to Gainsborough Stud, but we have yet to decide who will cover her.

"Her dazzling victory in the Guineas was, without doubt, one of the highlights of last season. Although she made a full recovery from her pastern injury, her racing performances didn't match the very high standard she achieved last year. We will never forget her."

For his part, Dettori said he will always cherish happy memories of Cape Verdi, who was bought by Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1997 from her previous owner Robert Sangster.

"I'll always remember the Guineas," he said. "It was just a fantastic performance.

"It's pretty rare for a filly to go off favourite for the Derby, but she just didn't stay. I'm really looking forward to riding her offspring."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Goff, Tom
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 19, 1999
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