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Breeders’ Cup star Wuheida retired

J A McGrath

Wuheida, who won races for Godolphin at the highest level in France and America, has been retired following a recurrence of old injuries.

Most famous for her triumph in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar last November, the four-year-old ended her career with a runaway four length victory in the G2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting just over a week ago.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “It’s unfortunate, but she has a few niggling injury worries that have resurfaced in the past few days, and after discussing it with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we have decided to retire her.”

Appleby said she was one of the best he has trained. 

“She became Dubawi’s first G1-winning two-year-old when she won the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly (in October 2016), and she was fantastic in winning at Del Mar,” the trainer pointed out.

“I am pleased she went out on a high with such an emphatic win at Newmarket. She was a very talented filly on the racecourse. She will go to stud, and Godolphin looks forward to seeing her progeny in due course,” he added.

Wuheida won four of her eight starts, and significantly, she won Pattern races at two, three and four, establishing herself as one of the outstanding fillies of her time.