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Monday 11 December 2017

Kingman's rule ends as miler is retired to stud

Exceptional miler Kingman has been retired to stud, confirmed Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.

The John Gosden-trained colt was being trained for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco Champions Day but he has yet to recover from a throat infection.

Connections still hoped the three-year-old would make the showpiece race, but time has now been called on a decorated career.

Grimthorpe said in a statement released to Press Association Sport: "Kingman is to be retired to Banstead Manor Stud for the 2015 stud season.

"The throat infection will still need on going treatment which will rule out the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and also the Breeders Cup.

"The stud fee of the horse that has electrified European racing in 2014 will be announced by the stud when appropriate."

1Captain Cee Bee is set to begin yet another campaign at Tipperary next month.

Trainer Eddie Harty reports the evergreen 13-year-old on course for the Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle on October 5, a race he has won for the last two seasons.

Captain Cee Bee is likely to renew rivalry with Rebel Fitz, who had to be content with second place in 2012 and has again been earmarked for the Grade Two over two miles.

"He's in great form. As long as we get a bit of rain hopefully he'll be going for the Friends Of Tipperary," said Harty.

"He's still enjoying himself, he looks marvellous, so it's fingers crossed."

Minella Foru, one of Harty's younger generation and also wearing the colours of the same owner JP McManus, is close to a return to action.

The five-year-old had a decent first season over jumps, winning a Grade Three at Navan and signing off with a creditable sixth place in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

"He's doing great and is ready for a run if we get some rain in the next three weeks," said the Curragh handler.

1Footage of the incident which involved a beer can thrown in the direction of Tony McCoy at Worcester on Friday evening is to be handed over to UK police.

McCoy, who had ridden four winners earlier on the card, was returning on the beaten favourite Saint Helena after finishing second in the final race.

Eyewitnesses reported a racegoer shouting abuse at the champion jockey and an empty beer being thrown. There was no intervention by the stewards as the man did not encroach on to the course, but he was escorted off the racecourse.

"This is being passed on to the police force in an attempt to try to identify the racegoer," said a course spokeswoman.

"The police have the facility to blow the footage up so that will hopefully make identification easier."

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