Covert Love and Pat Smullen after winning last year’s Irish Oaks
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
By Keith Melrose 3:47PM 12 JUN 2016
COVERT LOVE, who gave trainer Hugo Palmer his first Classic winner in last year’s Irish Oaks, has been retired after suffering a strained ligament.
The daughter of Azamour had missed her intended reappearance in the Middleton Stakes at York due to pus in a foot. She was still engaged at the five-day stage for Wednesday’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Palmer tweeted on Sunday afternoon: “Covert Love gave us some wonderful days. Very sadly she has run her last race. Thanks for the memories.”
Covert Love also won the Prix de l’Opera last season at Longchamp and had become a popular figure due to her game, front-running style. Her story was also a popular one, as she had cost just 26,000gns as a yearling and ran in the colours of the Fomo Syndicate.
More to follow. . .