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Friday 18 January 2019

Sea The Moon retired to stud

1Sea The Moon, who was ruled out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe through injury, has been retired.

Niko Lafrentz of owners Gestut Gorlsdorf said that the impressive German Derby winner will not run again and will be retired to an as-yet undecided stud.

The son of Sea The Stars won four of his five career outings for trainer Markus Klug, with his only defeat coming in the Grosser Preis Von Baden earlier this month.

It later transpired Sea The Moon had suffered a recurrence of the injury he picked up when winning the German Classic by 11 lengths back in July, but connections had hoped he would be able to race on next year.

1David O'Meara remains undecided over whether to let last weekend's Curragh winner Watchable (pictured) make a quick reappearance in Saturday's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. The four-year-old won the "Bold Lad" Sprint Handicap by a head on what was just his seventh career start, with the victory propelling him to the head of the market for the Scottish feature.

However, O'Meara has yet to commit to the handicap showpiece with the fact Watchable is still relatively inexperienced uppermost in his mind.

"I haven't decided whether Watchable runs yet," he said. "He's come back from Ireland fine, and he seems well in himself.

"He's only really had this season as a racehorse though and he's already done quite a bit. He's going to be a very good horse. We'll decide nearer the time."

1Brian Kavanagh, chief executive officer for HRI, said Oliver Brady, 75, the Monaghan-based trainer who lost his long battle with cancer on Monday, added colour and joy whenever he was present on a racecourse. He said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Oliver. He was one our most colourful trainers and a favourite with all racegoers.

"It was always a pleasure to meet Oliver and we will all miss him. He was a very able trainer and enjoyed many big wins with the likes of Barr's Hill, Gazalani and Balapour. We must not forget the tremendous charity work he did with the Shabra Heart and Cancer Foundation which he founded with Rita Shah."

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