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Irish Derby Winner Westover Retires After Career-Ending Injury

, Irish Derby Winner Westover Retires After Career-Ending Injury

Westover, the impressive runner-up in the ARC de Triomphe, has been forced into retirement following a career-ending injury. Owned by Juddmonte, the four-year-old was a standout performer on Sunday, finishing second to Ace Impact in Paris. Despite earning over £3.3 million in prize money and securing four victories in 13 races, Westover will not race again.

Retirement Announcement

Juddmonte took to Twitter on Thursday morning to confirm the news of Westover's retirement. In their post, they wrote, "Following his courageous run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Gr 1, last Sunday, Westover has sustained a career-ending injury. Stud plans are to be announced at a later date."

A Promising Career Cut Short

Westover's retirement has left punters devastated, as many believed the horse was only getting stronger with each race. The talented colt showed great promise as a middle-distance star and was expected to have an impressive season next year.

The four-year-old's journey had its fair share of highlights, including a third-place finish in the 2022 Derby, where he was hindered by a crucial moment under jockey Rob Hornby's ride. However, Westover quickly bounced back and secured a resounding victory in the Irish Derby at the Curragh, with jockey Colin Keane guiding him to success.

In March, Westover showcased his true potential by finishing second to Equinox, the world's highest-rated horse, in the Dubai Sheema Classic. He continued his winning streak by triumphing in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July, following a runner-up finish in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, where he was beaten by Emily Upjohn.

A Genuine Group 1 Superstar

Westover further cemented his status as a genuine Group 1 superstar with a narrow defeat to Hukum in the King George at Ascot. His outstanding performance in the ARC de Triomphe, where he finished behind Ace Impact, solidified his reputation as a top-class runner.

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Punters Share Their Disappointment

Upon hearing the news of Westover's retirement, racing enthusiasts expressed their dismay. One punter said, "Such a shame. He was just getting better and better," while another wrote, "I'm so sad about this. I was looking forward to a great season for him next year."

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