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Dilshaan retired to stud duty after joint injury recurs.

Byline: Tony Elves

DILSHAAN, winner of the Racing Post Trophy in 2000, has been retired due to a recurrence of a joint injury.

The son of Darshaan, from the Ajdal mare Avila and owned by Saeed Suhail, went into the Group 1 contest as a once-raced maiden, but opened his account in the best

possible manner.

He stayed on strongly under Johnny Murtagh to beat Tamburlaine by two and a half lengths, with Grandera finishing among the unplaced horses.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Dilshaan went into winter quarters as one of the leading fancies for the 2001 Derby and put himself in line for Epsom when beating Celtic Silence in the Dante Stakes at York on his reappearance as a three-year-old.

However, the Derby proved to be his final appearance. He finished seventh to Galileo and injured a joint the following month. It had been intended that he would continue his racing career this term, but those plans have had to be abandoned.

Joe Mercer, racing manager to Suhail, said: "Dilshaan has been retired due to a recurrence of an old injury. He has been retained by his owner and will stand at stud in Ireland, but where he stands has still to be finalised.

"It was a tremendous effort for him to win the Racing Post Trophy on only his second start and come back and win the Dante as a three-year-old. He was a very good horse."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2002
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