Sprint star Shea Shea retired after York disappointment

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Shea Shea: the winner of £854,436 in prize-money.

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

SOUTH AFRICA’S globetrotting sprinter Shea Shea has run his last race after connections decided to call time on his 26-race career after he managed to beat just one home in Friday’s Nunthorpe Stakes.

The triple Group 1 winner, trained by Mike de Kock, has been a regular in Britain’s top sprints in recent years and failed by just a neck to land last year’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

His finest moment came at Meydan in 2013, when he beat an international field – including Friday’s Nunthorpe winner Sole Power – in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, smashing his own track record in the process.

Announcing his retirement, De Kock told his website: “His bleeding has become an issue and we won’t persist with him any longer. He was a naturally competitive horse, a superb galloper and a consistent, high-class achiever.

“Shea Shea thoroughly deserves to rest and enjoy himself without the pressures of travelling and the testing preparation programmes that go with competing so often alongside the best sprinters in the world.

“We’ve found him a wonderful home at Mauritzfontein Stud, he will become an honourable resident of their famous paddocks. Jessica Slack and her staff will ensure he gets the kind of care he is worthy of.

“I’d like to convey the stable’s gratitude to Shea Shea’s owners, who have been a pleasure to deal with. We were privileged to see a more personal side of Brian Joffe [part owner], whose spirit and joy at the racetrack was heart-warming.  Brian loves horses and he always put Shea Shea’s interests above anything else, he suggested and fully supports the horse’s retirement.”

The seven-year-old goes into retirement as the victor of 11 of his 26 starts and the winner of £854,436 in prize-money.

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