Injury derails French Horse of the Year Dabirsim

France’s 2011 Horse of the Year Dabirsim has been retired by owner Simon Springer.

Dabirsim (4c Hat Trick – Rumored by Royal Academy) was trained by Christophe Ferland for the German based businessman after making 30,000 euros at the 2010 Arqana yearling sale.

His Horse of the Year campaign began with two wins at La Teste de Buch before travelling north from his home base near Bordeaux to completed a hat-trick in the G3 Prix de Cabourg at Deauville.  He kept advancing to G1 triumphs in the Prix Morny and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

Dabirsim has not been seen since finishing a close-up sixth in the G1 French Two Thousand Guineas last May.  “The horse is not as well as we had hoped so we decided to stop his career and send him to stud,” Ferland said.  “Things did not go right last year.  He had a foot problem and it’s a shame he did not run again.”

The Hat Trick colt unleashed a telling surge in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on the Arc de Triomphe program.  “He was fifth 200 meters from the line and then in three strides he had won,” Ferland added.  “To do that – and on such an exceptional day – I will never forget it.”

Hat Trick (Sunday Silence) was a Group 1 winning miler in Japan and Hong Kong before retiring to Walmac Farm in Kentucky.  He shuttled to Victorian nursery Independent Stallions for a one-off season in 2008 and there have been 4 Australian winners from 13 starters to date.