A new chapter begins for Dundeel

The end of a “great ride” has come with wonderful Cambridge galloper Dundeel.

Dundeel wound up a stellar career with his win in Sydney’s biggest race, the Gr. 1 A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick last Saturday and the decision has been made to retire the superstar.

“‘I think they’ve made the right decision,” said co-trainer Murray Baker. “You can’t keep going. He’s been bought for the stud and that’s where he’s going, but it’s been a great ride.”

Dundeel raced in Australia as It’s A Dundeel but will revert to Dundeel, his New Zealand title, when standing at Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Baker said it would have been “nice” for Dundeel to continue racing, but he fully understood the reasoning from managing part-owner John Messara to send the four-year-old to stud.

Baker knew he had something special in his stable the day he made a winning debut as a two-year-old when ridden by James McDonald.

“He came from last to win over 1200 metres on a track where the rail was out 10 metres,” said Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman. “That’s when we thought we had something special, we thought ‘what a performance.

“They don’t do that at Ellerslie. We put him straight away so we could take him to Aussie. He’s the best horse I’ve had.

“He is a beautiful horse and has so much quality.”

That was Dundeel’s sole New Zealand start with all his other racing been done across the Tasman and resulting in nine further wins, including six at Group One level.

Sydney racegoers will not only remember him as the first winner of the biggest race at the revamped Autumn Carnival but also for his amazingly easy win in last year’s Gr. 1 Australian Derby when completing a Group One treble, having earlier won both the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas.