The career of 2022 Caulfield Cup champion Durston has come to a sad end.
Connections of the eight-year-old have the made the shock call to retire him after he suffered an injury at training.
There were plans to race the horse in this year’s Autumn Carnival but those dreams are now shattered.
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Highclere Racing Australia said in statement the decision was in Durston’s best interest.
“After discussions with (trainer) Chris Waller and his team, a decision has been made to retire Durston after he sustained an injury in training,” Highclere Racing said.
“We were looking forward to seeing Durston compete over the Autumn Carnival, but in the best interest of the horse we have elected to retire him.
Michael Dee and Durston return to the mounting yard after winning the Caulfield Cup. Credit: Getty Images
“He will undergo rehabilitation before being rehomed to a suitable environment.
“A big thank you to Chris Waller and his team for the time, care and effort they put into all their horses.
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“Happy Retirement Durston!”
Durston stunned the racing world when he narrowly defeated Gold Trip to win the Caulfield Cup after starting as an emergency.
He was the first emergency to ever win the prestigious race after a last-minute call-up.
But he was unable to attempt the Cups double (Caulfield and Melbourne Cup) after failing mandatory CT scans. He then missed the entire 2023 season due to various hoof and tendon injuries.
Members of the racing industry were all keen to wish Durston the best in retirement.
The Melbourne Racing Club said “thanks for the memories, Durston,” while Halcon director Andrew Hawkins said Durston’s Caulfield Cup triumph meant so much to him on a personal level.
“Thank you Durston for providing me with one of the highlights of my professional career with your Caulfield Cup triumph,” Hawkins wrote on social media.
“Definitely the standout moment of my two years with Highclere! The most kind horse, can’t wait to see where he ends up in retirement!”
Sky Racing said: “The thrilling 2022 Caufield Cup winner Durston has run his last race, we wish him a happy and long retirement!”
While 7Horse Racing said: “Happy retirement Durston,” sending the message with a love heart.”
A fan said on social media: “Sad day, thanks for the races, Durston. I’ll miss you (my fav horse).”