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Monday 18 December 2017

Kingman's rule ends as miler is retired to stud

Johnny Murtagh is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the Melbourne Cup in early November after it was confirmed that Royal Diamond will go into quarantine on Thursday ahead of his trip to Australia.

Murtagh (pictured) had already confirmed the participation of York Ebor winner Mutual Regard, who is currently sitting just outside the top 24 horses that are guaranteed a run in the race, and the five-year-old will fly out to Australia on Thursday after spending his quarantine period in Newmarket.

Last night, Mutual Regard's owner, Andrew Tinkler, tweeted the news that 2012 Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond will also take his chance in the race.

Tinkler said: "Royal Diamond to take his chance in the Melbourne Cup 2014 with Stable mate Mutual Regard, we look forward to our visit to Melbourne."

Royal Diamond was last seen when finishing sixth in the Irish St Leger behind the Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther and neither horse is expected to run again prior to 'the race that stops a nation'.

Murtagh commented: "Mutual Regard flies to Melbourne on Thursday and seems better fresh so I would think he'll go without a prep race.

"We were going to go back to Ascot with Royal Diamond but I spoke to Andrew and we decided to give Melbourne a go."

1Exceptional 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: "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."

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