Danedream set for Frankel date
The 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Danedream has been retired and will now prepare for a mating with Frankel.
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Peter Schiergen's brilliant mare was denied an attempt to defend her crown in Paris by an outbreak of equine infectious anaemia at the Cologne Stables where she was based.
It had been thought that the four year old daughter of Lomitas could stay in training to run at the Dubai Carnival in March but news of her retirement was broken on www.galopponline.de.
Schiergen told the website: "(Owner) Teruya Yoshida's decision is sad for us, but I can certainly appreciate it from the breeder's point of view. We are extremely grateful for all the wonderful experiences that Danedream has given us.
"She has been a great advertisement for German racing and we would like thank everybody connected with the filly. She will never be forgotten."
Danedream won eight of her 17 races, amassing well over £3million in win and place prize-money with five of her victories coming at the highest level.
If allowed, Danedream will leave Cologne next month for England, where she is due to meet Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud.
Andrasch Starke rode her to all her major successes and he named the King George as the pick of her victories.
"The plan was this was her last season anyway, but she was not able to run in the Japan Cup or the Arc de Triomphe and I thought her owner was thinking of her having one more run in the Dubai World Cup," Starke told At The Races.
"I'm not sad she is not able to run there because I will always have great memories of her.
"Definitely her winning the two biggest races in Europe. For a four-year-old filly to beat all the best colts in the King George was a special day and the greatest this year. In my memory that is the biggest."