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El Segundo Retired

Popular galloper El Segundo has been retired after being injured in last weekend's George Ryder Stakes.

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El Segundo Retired

Popular galloper El Segundo has been retired after being injured in last weekend's George Ryder Stakes.

Photo by Bronwen Healy

In what was his first trip to Sydney in his long career, the rising nine-year-old sustained a tendon injury after finishing fifth behind Danleigh.

Trainer Colin Little described El Segundo as the best horse he has trained and said the gelding had given him and connections six seasons of thrills, most of which were at the top level.

El Segundo Horseform, consistently ranked one of the highest Timeform rated horses in the country, won 12 races including four at Group 1 level, including the 2007 Cox Plate. He was narrowly beaten the previous year and finished fourth in the race again last year.

His other Group 1 wins were the 2007 C.F. Orr Stakes, the 2006 Underwood Stakes and the 2005 Yalumba Stakes.

He won from 1200m to 2040m and collected almost $4 million in prizemoney despite being plagued by injuries.

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