'Unexpected Superstar' Eileendover Takes up Broodmare Duties

Bated Breath: Eileendover will visit the stallion | Asunción Piñeyrúa

Pam Sly has brought the curtain down on the career of Eileendover (GB) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}), who she described as being an “unlikely superstar,” with the mare set to be covered by Juddmonte's Bated Breath (GB) after picking up an injury in training. 

A granddaughter of Speciosa (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who stormed to 1000 Guineas glory for Sly in 2006, Eileendover made the transition from being a classy bumper mare to competing in listed races on the Flat.

She won four times, including a listed bumper at Market Rasen, and achieved black-type on the level when third behind Trueshan (Fr) (Planteur {Ire}) at Nottingham in the Listed Further Flight S. on her comeback last month. 

While the injury she picked up was not reported to be serious by Sly, it will take up to a year to recover from, which is why the trainer has opted to cover the 5-year-old, who she admits is unlikely to grace the track again. 

Sly said, “She just knocked her leg, that is why she didn't go to York. I would say she will be on the sidelines [for] a while, so I'm going to get her covered by Bated Breath rather than wait a year and you don't really know how long it will be.”

The trainer added, “She's not lame or anything, those sort of things just take a while to heal and there's only time that does it. I'm sure everything will go all right and she's been a totally unexpected superstar.”

“It will probably [be the end of her racing career], she's five now and she's got her bits of black type, thank heavens.”

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