The Courier-Mail

Warrior Cape put out to pasture

- NATHAN EXELBY AAP

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular horses, Cape Kidnappers, has run his last race.

Trainer Kelly Schweida informed connection­s last week the time was right to send the seven-year-old to greener pastures.

“Age and wear and tear have caught up with him and I’m confident it’s time for retirement,” Schweida said.

“He’s been a grand old warrior and knowing his desire to put in every time he races, I’d hate to see him break down.”

After finishing 10th in last week’s Ascot Handicap, Cape Kidnappers pulled up with issues relating to his near front fetlock.

Cape Kidnappers won nine of his first 13 starts, despite breaking down and having a year away from the track in 2012.

“It’s a sad day to see such a brave horse retire, but thank goodness he is intact and can look forward to being spoilt rotten by his greatest fan, Kelly,” part-owner Andrew Grant-Taylor said.

THE first foal of multiple Australian Group 1 winner Forensics has made an impressive winning debut in England.

Wordcraft won a fillies maiden at Newmarket on Saturday, giving trainer Charlie Appleby his 100th winner of the season.

Forensics won the 2007 Golden Slipper and added three more Group 1 wins the following year, including the Myer Classic.

She was bred and raced by Woodlands Stud until Sheikh Mohammed bought the operation from Bob Ingham in 2008.

 ??  ?? BIG FAN: Kelly Schweida.
BIG FAN: Kelly Schweida.

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