Proven to be one hell of a miler, Canford Cliffs seemed to be on a terrific ascent in the racing world, having beaten three-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile (I) champion Goldikova. After the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (Eng-I), it became evident that something went awry with the muscular bay colt when he seemed to swerve coming down the final meters while chasing the eventual winner Frankel.
A check-up following the race concluded that Canford Cliffs had suffered a pastern injury and was recommended for retirement. The winner of multiple Grade I feats, he will be represented at stud by Coolmore.
His trainer, Richard Hannon, was tremendously saddened. “He is without a doubt the best horse I have ever had in over 40 years as a trainer.”
While I’m disappointed to see that Canford Cliffs won’t be making the Breeders’ Cup, I’m hopeful he’ll make a great stallion for future turf runners. He had a great turn of foot and tenacity you don’t see in an everyday horse. Get well soon and best wishes.