OUT TO STUD: Fiorente.
OUT TO STUD: Fiorente. GETTY IMAGES

Tendon injury ends career of Fiorente

MELBOURNE Cup winner Fiorente is headed for the breeding barn after scans showed the six-year-old suffered a tendon injury during Saturday's Group One BMW at Rosehill Gardens.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse yesterday confirmed the stallion had run his last race. Waterhouse became the first female trainer to lead in a Melbourne Cup winner when Fiorente beat Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos at Flemington last November.

The son of Monsun had four starts in his autumn campaign, resuming with a win in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 22, before taking out the Group One Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 8.

The stallion then headed to Sydney where he was well beaten behind Kiwi mare Silent Achiever in the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill on March 22, before finishing third to the same galloper in Saturday's BMW. Waterhouse sent Fiorente for scans at the Randwick Equine Centre after that run.

The former European galloper earned $6.265 million in prizemoney, finishing with six wins and seven placings from 20 starts.

Waterhouse had outlined ambitious plans for Fiorente just last month, including a trip to Royal Ascot in England in June.

An announcement on where Fiorente will stand at stud is expected in coming weeks.


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