Ghaiyyath retires to stud

Ghaiyyath, one of the highest-rated horses in the world, has been retired to stud, Godolphin has announced.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, the five-year-old came into his own this season, winning three Group Ones in England.

He started with victory in the rearranged Coronation Cup at Newmarket, followed up in the Eclipse at Sandown, beating Enable, and then put up an imperious display in the Juddmonte International at York.

Most recently, his winning run was brought to an end by Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Ghaiyyath had been in the mix to run on British Champions Day at Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup, but the decision has been taken to retire him to stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland.

“Ghaiyyath has had a fantastic career, winning nine of his 13 races,” Appleby told

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“His high-class cruising speed and relentless style of galloping was a joy to watch – and as I have said before, this year he came together both physically and mentally and looked the finished article.

“It is obviously disappointing not to be taking him to the Breeders’ Cup – but the exertions of a long season, which started in Dubai in January, were starting to show, and the decision has been made to retire him.

“He was an outstanding part of the Moulton Paddocks team, and I know that his numerous top-level successes gave our Principal, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, a great deal of pleasure.”

The decision comes on the back of Appleby also seeing his other stable star, Pinatubo, retired to stud recently.

William Buick rode Ghaiyyath in 11 of his 13 career starts, and eight of his nine victories.

He told Sky Sports Racing: “He’s a truly exceptional horse – and obviously this year, he’s the highest-rated in the world.

“Everything he did was just so flamboyant and so explosive – he really wore his heart on his sleeve, and I’ve been very privileged to have ridden him to some great wins.”

Buick was impressed with Ghaiyyath from his earliest days in the yard.

“As a physical specimen, he’s an amazing-looking horse – and everything he did early on was always ahead of everyone else,” he added.

“He’s just been a fantastic horse, from day one.

“He became renowned for that ability to go the pace he went and keep going, and even then at the end of his races to quicken from that pace and really put the race to bed.

“As he got older, more mature, he managed to channel his energy a little bit better – which we really saw this year.”

Buick nominated Ghaiyyath’s victory over Enable in this year’s Eclipse as his finest.

“For me, his crowning moment was probably at Sandown when he really confirmed that he was absolute top-drawer.

“Then he backed it up at York in the Juddmonte (International) – so those are the two that stand out.

“He’s certainly one of the best, if not the best, middle-distance horses I’ve ever ridden.

“He could do things that very few horses can do.

“The ability he had to keep up the pace was just phenomenal, over a mile and a half – that’s just something that you really don’t see.”

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