Thorndon Mile winner retired

Thee Auld Floozie wins Westbury Classic
Thee Auld Floozie winning the 2018 Group 2 Westbury Classic

Group 1 winner Thee Auld Floozie has run her last race.

The six-year-old signed off on Saturday when she finished a game sixth in the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

“She just doesn’t quite get the 2000m, but she’s been a great mare for the stable,” part-owner and trainer Stephen Marsh said.

“She was pretty straight forward to deal with and we never had much go wrong with her.”

The winner of 11 of her 38 starts, the daughter of Mastercraftsman’s career highlight was her victory in last season’s Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m).

She also claimed two editions of the Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m), the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m), the Listed Swap Contractors (1400m) and twice finished runner-up in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

“I’d love to have a few more like her in the stable,” Marsh said.

Meanwhile, stablemate Ugo Foscolo, the 2016 Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner, is enjoying a break.

“The wet tracks were always going to be the undoing of him so he’s in the paddock,” Marsh said.

“He’ll come back and we’ll look for a good race in the spring for him.” Ugo Foscolo returned from a break to claim an open handicap at Te Rapa earlier this month to take his record to six wins from nine appearances.

“We were very happy to see him back in the winning groove and it was good for the horse’s confidence,” Marsh said.

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