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Catchascatchcan is retired to stud.

CATCHASCATCHCAN, who last week landed a Group 1 victory in the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks, has been retired to stud after suffering a knee injury.

The unbeaten Pursuit Of Love filly, trained by Henry Cecil for her owner/breeder Lord Howard de Walden, had next month's Prix Vermeille lined up as her next engagement.

However, it emerged yesterday that she sustained a hair-line fracture to her near-fore knee when winning last Wednesday's event, her fourth victory from as many starts in a brief racing career.

After a veterinary examination at the Newmarket practice Greenwood Ellis & Partners, the decision has been taken to retire the filly to Lord Howard's Plantation Stud, where she returned yesterday.

Stud manager Leslie Harrison said last night: "The injury must have happened during the race. She still trots sound but the knee does not flex well. So, after careful consideration, it's been decided to retire her. It's very sad, but at least the injury didn't happen before the Yorkshire Oaks.

"We did think about keeping her in training next year but who's to say the injury won't recur? We'll decide soon which stallion she'll visit."

Catchascatchcan made her racecourse debut only on June 10 this year when she won a maiden at Kempton.

On only her second start, she won the Group 3 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock from Rambling Rose before landing the Aphrodite Stakes (Listed) at Newmarket last month.

Her Yorkshire Oaks win over the likes of High And Low and Epsom Oaks heroine Shahtoush proved to be her fourth and final success.

"She achieved an enormous amount in a very short space of time," added Harrison.

"In the space of two months, she went from being a maiden to become a Group 1 winner, and there aren't many horses who accomplish that."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Goff, Tom
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 1998
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