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Luckless Hala Bek retired after three career starts.

Byline: Bill Barber

HALA BEK, who came agonisingly close to winning the 2006 Derby, has been retired after a career that was restricted to just three runs, writes Bill Barber.

The son of Halling was beaten the equivalent of a neck when fourth behind Sir Percy at Epsom but may well have won but for losing momentum when dramatically jinking with just yards to run.

The jink caused jockey Philip Robinson to become unbalanced, momentarily drop his reins and get in a tangle. It cost Hala Bek crucial momentum, and as he was beaten by such a narrow margin, it could be argued his inexperience cost him the race.

Injury prevented him running again for more than two years, but when he did he won by seven lengths in a Nottingham conditions race on his only start for Saeed Bin Suroor. He had previously been trained by Michael Jarvis.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said yesterday: "He was obviously a top horse on his day, but he had lots of problems and we felt it was in his best interests not to try to get him back."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2009
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