Duramente: set to take up stallion duties after being retired
PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
By Masakazu Takahashi 5:00PM 29 JUN 2016
Japan: Duramente, who had been Japan’s biggest and best hope of winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the first time, has been retired after injuring his near-fore when narrowly losing out in the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday.
Trained by Noriyuki Hori for owner Shunsuke Yoshida, Duramente was forced to miss the Arc last season as well due to injury having previously landed the Japanese 2,000 Guineas and Derby.
The four-year-old was found to have damaged his front left fetlock, pastern and tendons when slipping after the line in the Takarazuka Kinen, but will be able to take up stallion duties at his owner’s Northern Farm next year.
Yoshida said: “I was prepared for the worst and that he would die. I’m sure he will be a sire now as his pedigree is excellent.”
Mirco Demuro, who rode Duramente in many of his starts including when running second to Postponed in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March, added: “I’m shocked. Duramente’s the strongest horse I’ve ever ridden and I was sure he would succeed on the biggest stage in the world.
“I’m very sad his challenge the Arc would not come true. I hope he will become a monster as the sire instead.”