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Promising staying mare Shared Secrets has been forced into retirement on a winning note.
The daughter of Nadeem was on target to chase a sought-after black type win after scoring over 2500m at Hastings on April 13, but instead her connections are now working on plans for her as a broodmare.
“About a week after she won at Hastings she sprained the ligament over her back hock,” trainer Mark Oulaghan said.
“She was all set to go down to Riccarton in early May, but instead she ended up at Massey University.
“The outcome is that she would have to have a long time out, probably a year, and even then there was no certainty she would be right, so there was no choice but to retire her.
“She was a good stayer and I’d love to have won a black type race with her.”
Shared Secrets won five of her 24 starts, including the St Leger Trial (2100m) at Otaki two years ago after finishing fourth in Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham, and last season she won three races, including the Summer Cup (2400m) at Trentham.