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Dual G1 winner Colette has been retired

Dave Murray

Colette proved herself at the highest level on the racetrack and Godolphin Australia is confident the tenacious mare will pass on her courage and ability to her progeny as a broodmare.

A five-time Stakes winner, including the G1 Australian Oaks (2020) and the G1 Empire Rose (2021), Colette won a staggering $7,138,055, becoming the highest prize money earner that Godolphin Australia has owned.

Her wins also included victories in the G3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2020), G2 Apollo Stakes and G2 Tristarc Stakes last year.

A winner from 1,400m to 2,400m, Colette also won the $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill Gardens in 2020 with her trademark powerful finish.

“She left on her way to the Hunter Valley, after 25 starts we felt it was time,” Cummings said.

“What a remarkable horse she’s been on the track for us, from such humble beginnings through the provincial circuit to being a multiple G1 winner and the winner of more than $7 million in prize money.

“The only preparation that she didn’t win or place in a G1 in all of her racing campaigns was the preparation she won over $4 million in prize money when she won the Golden Eagle.”

Cummings had possibly pre-empted her racetrack retirement when he told a media gathering at Godolphin’s Osborne Park training complex before her final run that “Colette is going to arrive there in good shape ready for a grand-final performance”.

“We are very grateful to have had her out here and very proud of her accomplishments,” he added.