Ed Walker has referred to as time on the racing profession of July Cup hero Starman after a minor setback dominated out a possible swansong on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot this weekend.
Unbeaten in his first three begins final season, the Dutch Artwork colt failed to fireplace on his last outing as a three-year-old on delicate floor within the British Champions Dash.
However Walker’s cost proved his top-level capabilities this time period – successful the Duke of York Stakes and the July Cup earlier than ending third within the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and being crushed a short-head within the Dash Cup at Haydock.
Connections had been eyeing Ascot redemption on Saturday, however he’ll now be retired to Tally-Ho Stud in Eire, with proprietor David Ward retaining a share for his stallion profession.
“It is an enormous disgrace as we have been actually trying ahead to Saturday and confirming him to be the champion that he’s,” mentioned Walker.
“I’ve all the time thought he was the very best round and he is definitely the very best I’ve ever educated.”
Starman received 5 of his eight profession begins and earned over £476,000 in prize-money.