Champion colt Capitalist has been retired after sustaining a fetlock chip that ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
The injury was diagnosed prior to last Saturday’s G1 Darley Classic. He will transfer from Snowden Racing’s Randwick base to stand at Newgate Farm in Aberdeen.
Capitalist (3c Written Tycoon – Kitalpha by Fusaichi Pegasus) claimed the Magic Millions Classic – Golden Slipper Stakes double earlier this year, however, his spring campaign was thwarted by interruptions.
His unbeaten record went west after losses in the G3 San Domenico Stakes and G2 Roman Consul Stakes in Sydney. Travelling to Melbourne, he was withdrawn from the G1 Manikato Stakes due to a deteriorating track and then missed the G1 Coolmore Classic with a stone bruise.
“Capitalist was just the perfect two-year-old, blessed with a huge amount of precocity, ability and an excellent temperament,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said. “I am certain that without this injury he would have gone very close in the Darley Classic as his trackwork at Flemington was exceptional.”
Capitalist was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $165,000 at the 2015 Gold Coaast Magic Millions and bows out with 4 wins in 7 starts and $3.54 million in prizemoney.
“Capitalist was the first colt to win the Magic Millions and the Golden Slipper, and the highest-earning juvenile in history,” Harron said. “He’s a hugely exciting stallion prospect.”
Newgate managing director Henry Field declared Capitalist is the embodiment of what works in Australia. “He will be heavily supported by some of the leading breeders in Australia. Australia is all about two-year-old racing and he will be given every chance of becoming a Champion Sire as well as being a Champion racehorse.”