Far Above Injured, Retired

Far Above winning the Palace House S. | Racing Post

Far Above (Ire) (Farhh {GB}-Dorraar {Ire}, by Shamardal), the eye-catching winner of last weekend's G3 Palace House S., has been retired from racing after emerging from that victory with an injured sesamoid.

“Unfortunately it was the news we didn't want,” said trainer James Tate. “It's a small injury, but a particularly awkward one in a tricky place.”

An 18,000gns yearling turned 105,000gns 2-year-old, Far Above ran just five times but flashed talent in that short career. He won three of his four outings last year after debuting in April, including the Listed Prix Kistena at Deauville in July.

“It's been a brilliant but brief career–who knows what could have been?” Tate said. “You all got a glimpse of it in the Palace House, but from what we saw at home, we know just how good he could have been. He still wasn't at 100% on Saturday.

“The silver lining is that he can have a second career now, at stud. If he hadn't won on Saturday that wouldn't have been possible.”

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