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NEWS: Cheveley Park heroine Regal Rose is retired.

Byline: TONY ELVES

REGAL ROSE, impressive winner of last

season's Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes, has been retired to the paddocks.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly was one of the least experienced in the 13-runner line-up for the Group 1 event over six furlongs at Newmarket last September, but showed a dazzling turn of foot to beat Toroca by a length, and was subsequently made favourite for the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas.

The unbeaten daughter of Danehill held her position at the head of the market for the Classic throughout the winter, but suffered a setback when going lame during her preparation for the race.

Attempts to prepare her for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot were also thwarted, and she will now join an impressive list of broodmares at her owners' Cheveley Park Stud.

Chris Richardson, managing director of the stud, said: "She had a lot of ability, but unfortunately had a setback in the spring and other niggling problems. We were hoping she would come back at first, but it was thought she would not perform back at the level we had hoped.

"She's an unbeaten Group 1 winner and it's disappointing we haven't seen her back, as we believe she was very good and wanted her to have the opportunity to reaffirm that."

The Cheveley Park-owned Red Carpet will be another boarder at the stud for the remainder of this year.

The Pivotal colt finished runner-up to King's Ironbridge in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on his reappearance, and his final outing of the season for Michael Bell proved to be in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas, when he finished fifth to Golan.

Richardson said: "Red Carpet has had lameness since the Guineas and, although we thought he was over it, he has had to have a small operation, as there was a flake on his near-hind fetlock joint. He will not race again this year and will be given time to recuperate before we plan a four-year-old campaign with him."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2001
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