Mongolian Khan Retired After Mediocre QE Stakes
For any athlete, knowing when to call time on a career is rather problematic other than instances when an injury leaves no doubt. Is it better to quite after a triumph and go out on top? That will always leave the lingering question of what other triumphs could have been achieved. Is it preferable to attempt to extend a career past its expiration date in hopes of one more milestone? That route often results in a hard-won glorious reputation being tattered.
Thoroughbred trainers have to make the decision for their charges, so while for the horse the decision is irrelevant, the same issues are present, so when trainer Murray Baker saw his champion Mongolian Khan turn in an also-ran performance in the 2016 QE Stakes, the path he chose was the one of trying to recapture what had once been.
At five years of age, Murray felt that the Khan was no longer capable of the bursts that enabled the great horse to win big races in 2015, including the Caulfield Cup.
Rather than risk a break down that could extinguish a future of lucrative stud fees from a stallion that has international hall of famers such as Secretariat, Vain, Northern Dancer and Todman in his lines, Murray felt that the risk of racing far outweighed the rewards.