Royal Descent Retired At Six Due To Strained Tendon

Her connections have probably made a wise decision to retire six-year-old mare Royal Descent due to a strained tendon. The injury is characterised as minor, but she is obviously too valuable a commodity to be risked further.

She had been nominated to run in the Australian Cup on 12 March, but her last two runs in October 2015 saw her finishing 13th in the Myer Classic and dead last in the Caulfield Cup. Just prior, she had second placings in the Turnbull Stakes and the George Main Stakes right after running third in the Chelmsford Stakes. The precipitous decline in performance was obviously an alarming indication that not all was well.

Royal Descent’s last victory was the 2015 Warwick Stakes in August. Foaled in 2009, she had 31 jumps for five wins and 15 placings. Her most significant victories came in 2013 when she won the Australian Oaks, the Warwick Stakes and the Adrian Knox Stakes.

She should prove valuable to owner/breeder G. Harvey at stud. Her sire was multiple Group 1 winner Redoute’s Choice and her dam was New Zealand’s Mulan Princess. Notable U.S. stallions Danehill and Danzig are part of Royal Descent’s line, as are Norther Dancer, Bletchingly and Vain.

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