BC Champ Wuheida Retired

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Wuheida | Racing Post

Wuheida (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}–Hibaayeb {GB}, by Singspiel {Ire}), winner of the 2017 GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar last November, has been retired by Godolphin following a recurrence of old injuries. The Charlie Appleby trainee won half of her eight starts and earned $1,537,519. Off the mark at first asking, she landed the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches next out in October of 2016, but did not return to the races until a second in last July’s G1 Falmouth S. Sent to Germany in pursuit of Classic success, the chestnut ran third in the G1 Henkel-Preis der Diana (German Oaks), her first start over a mile. Fourth in both the Sept. 9 G1 Matron S. at Leopardstown and in Chantilly’s G1 Prix de l’Opera on Oct. 1, Wuheida was back in the winner’s circle with her Breeders’ Cup tally. In her lone 4-year-old start, she bounded to a four-length win in the G2 Dahlia S. at Newmarket on May 6.

“It’s unfortunate, but she had a few niggling injury worries that have resurfaced in the past few days, and after discussing it with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we have decided to retire her,” said trainer Charlie Appleby. “She became Dubawi’s first Group 1-winning 2-year-old when she won the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly [in October of 2016], and she was fantastic in winning at Del Mar. I am pleased she went out on a high with such an emphatic win at Newmarket. She was a very talented filly on the racecourse.”

The second foal out of the G1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile heroine Hibaayeb who matured to take the GI Yellow Ribbon S. at three and the GII Sheepshead Bay S. at four, the Darley homebred is from the same female family as English champion Oh So Sharp (Ire) (Kris {GB}).

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