Stress fracture ends Postponed’s racing career



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Roger Varian’s stable star Postponed has been retired after suffering a stress fracture.

The four-time Group 1 winner was sportingly kept in training as a six-year-old by his owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum – but has made just two unsuccessful starts in Dubai since flopping when sent off favourite for last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Of the King George, Sheema Classic, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International winner, who was last seen when finishing a disappointing third in the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, Varian said: “Postponed has been a magnificent racehorse to have in the yard and it has been both a pleasure and privilege to oversee the second phase of his career.

“I am very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid for allowing me that opportunity and to Postponed himself for proving such a willing and talented ally.

“It’s a shame for everyone that we won’t see him on a racecourse again, and it’s especially sad for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, who showed such sportsmanship in keeping him in training. Postponed had all the attributes of the complete champion racehorse – the speed, the stamina, and a telling kick. He travelled like a machine.

“A stress fracture like this wouldn’t usually be a career-ending injury – except that it’s May and he’s six, and we don’t want to take unnecessary risks with him.

“He’s done us all proud and we owe him a great debt of gratitude.”

Postponed started his incredible racing career, during which he won nine of his 20 starts and amassed £4,995,979 in win and place prize-money, under the care of Luca Cumani. He won a Great Voltigeur, King George and Prix Foy for Cumani before Sheikh Obaid moved all of his horses across Newmarket to Varian.

His winning run continued for his new stable, with two wins out in Dubai – including the 2016 Sheema Classic, before producing the best two performances of his career on Racing Post Ratings. He registered an RPR of 126 when thrashing Found by four and a half lengths at Epsom in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and then seeing off Highland Reel by a length and a quarter in the Juddmonte International.



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Postponed was beaten on his last three starts, flopping in the Arc and then failing to defend either the Dubai City of Gold or the Sheema Classic.

Champion Stakes winner Almanzor was the only Flat horse to achieve a higher RPR on a British or Irish racecourse in 2016. 

Postponed in numbers

The amount, in pounds, accumulated in win and place prize-money

Career-highest RPR. (Achieved twice in Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International)

Official handicap rating

Number of career starts

Number of career wins

Number of Group 1 wins (King George, Sheema Classic, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International)

Number of trainers (Luca Cumani and Roger Varian)


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