Injury forces Fancy Blue into retirement

Filly gave young trainer breakthrough Classic win.

  • Wednesday 07 October
  • News
£20 Free Exchange Bet

Fancy Blue, who gave Donnacha O’Brien his first two Group One victories in his opening year in the training ranks, has been retired due to injury.

The daughter of Deep Impact, owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier, got the County Tipperary-based handler off to a dream start when winning the French Oaks at Chantilly in July.

She doubled her Group One tally for the 22-year-old O’Brien when lifting the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood later that month.

Fancy Blue was third in the Matron Stakes on her only other subsequent start. She was due to take her chance in the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp on Sunday but was one of the horses withdrawn because of contaminated feed.

“After sustaining a tendon injury in routine work yesterday morning, the decision has been made to retire Fancy Blue,” O’Brien posted on Instagram on Tuesday evening.

“We’ll always be grateful for her and what she’s done for us. We look forward to seeing her offspring on the track.”

Fancy Blue won four of her six starts and amassed over £527,000 in total prize money.

Injury forces Fancy Blue into retirement
Sign up to bet365. Click to View Bonus Code Details
Up to £30 in free bets
Get £20 in free bets
£20 Risk Free First Bet
Up to £20 in free bets
Up to £10 in free bets
Up to £40 in Bonus funds
£20 Free Exchange Bet
Get a £10 risk-free first bet

Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.