The latest in a long line of knee issues has ended the racing career of multiple stakes winner Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace).
“She’s been retired,” Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston said. “She’s already had two lots of knee surgery, and unfortunately she’s chipped a knee again.”
Carston paid just $10,000 to buy the daughter of Swiss Ace at Karaka 2018. Raced by a syndicate of 17 owners, Miss Federer won five races and $163,035 in stakes.
She captured the Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) and Gr.3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) during her juvenile season, then added the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) and Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) to be named last season’s New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Filly of the Year.
“For a $10,000 filly, she’s done an absolutely amazing job for us,” Carston said. “She had her question marks from day one, but she came back from her first knee operation and won another two Listed races for us.
“The second operation didn’t turn out to be quite so successful, but it is what it is. We’ll look after her and tidy her up again, and then we’ll more than likely sell her as a broodmare.”
Carston was back in action at Karaka on Thursday, where he purchased a Swiss Ace filly at the NZB Ready To Run Sale for — you guessed it — $10,000.