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Superb five-time G1 winner Modern Games retires from racing

Dubawi’s brilliant son Modern Games, who won top-flight races at two, three and four, has been retired from racing.

Out of the exceptional broodmare Modern Ideals, the Godolphin homebred is also a half-brother to 2023 Classic heroine Mawj.

Progressing through the ranks as a juvenile in 2021, Modern Games won a G3 at Newmarket before heading to Del Mar to land the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

As a globetrotting three-year-old, he won G1 races in three separate countries; the Poule d’Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp, the Woodbine Mile in Canada, before recording his second Breeders’ Cup success in the Mile at Keeneland in Kentucky.

His first G1 on home soil came at the start of his four-year-old campaign when beating a top-class field in the Lockinge Stakes by one-and-a-half lengths, emulating previous Godolphin winners and Darley stallions Farhh, Night Of Thunder and Ribchester.

Charlie Appleby said, “Modern Games was a brilliant horse to train and such a great advert for Godolphin. To win at two Breeders’ Cups, to be part of our trio of Guineas winners in 2022, and to land the Lockinge Stakes this season, shows his class, toughness and durability.

“He answered every call we asked of him, and we will miss him at Moulton Paddocks. I’m sure he will be a huge success in his next career as a stallion.”

Stud plans for Modern Games will be announced at a later date.