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Space Blues retires to Kildangan Stud


Space Blues has been retired to stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland following his sensational victory in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar on Saturday, 6 November.

The homebred five-year-old formed part of an unprecedented hat-trick of wins for his sire Dubawi at this year’s Breeders’ Cup as he flashed home under William Buick in the championship contest.

Space Blues had previously established himself as one of the world’s best horses over seven furlongs, with eight wins over the distance including a dominant display in the G1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on his penultimate start.

He also enjoyed G1 glory in France when beating multiple G1-winning sprinter Hello Youmzain in the 2020 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, as well as readily taking the 1351 Turf Sprint at this year’s Saudi Cup meeting.

In total, Space Blues won 11 of his 19 starts for Charlie Appleby, with further Group-race victories at Longchamp, Goodwood and York in addition to his three G1 successes.

Charlie Appleby said: “We are delighted that Space Blues is retiring on the back of a career-best effort on the international stage. He is a horse who is going to be sorely missed by the whole team at Moulton Paddocks because he has been such a consistent performer over the past four seasons.

“He was a proper Godolphin horse in that he ran superb races at the highest level throughout the world, whether it was Europe, Saudi Arabia or the United States. His achievements are testament to his great constitution, both physically and mentally, which he displayed right up until his final appearance.”

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