Margot Did set to retire
Poor run leads to retirement talks
Last Updated: 26/07/12 12:19pm
Michael Bell's Group One-winning sprinter Margot Did has almost certainly run her last race following a disappointing run of form.
The filly won three times during an excellent 2011 campaign, culminating with glory in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, but trailed home last of 15 on her final start of the year in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.
However, five starts this year have offered little encouragement and she is set to be sold as a broodmare as a result.
"It's 95% certain she'll be retired," Bell told At The Races.
"She did very well as a two-year-old and very well as a three-year-old and normally the three-year-old year is the difficult one for sprinters, but she ended up winning the Nunthorpe.
"When she ran in the Abbaye she came back sick and I just think maybe she hasn't recovered sufficiently from that.
"She looks fantastic and has been working well, but she's not been doing it on the racecourse.
"Rather than degrade her and run her in conditions races and things, the decision has been taken that she'll be retired to stud. Either she'll be sold privately or she'll head to the December Sales.
"She's been a star for us and a star for the owners, but almost certainly we won't see her again on a racecourse."