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Cox Plate winner retired to stud

Last updated: 30 Aug 2022
Bets.com.au Staff 30 Aug 2022
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  • 2021 Cox Plate winner State Of Rest has been retired from racing
  • An MRI Scan conducted by Racing Victoria detected an issue
  • The four-time Group 1 winner is part-owned by Newgate Stud
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State of Rest defeating Anamoe in the 2021 Cox Plate. (Getty)

2021 Cox Plate winner State Of Rest will not travel to Australia to defend his weight-for-age crown, with the Joseph O'Brien-trained galloper to be retired to stud.

An MRI scan conducted by Racing Victoria as part of the pre-travel vetting procedure discovered an issue, a result which the trainer is also attributing to his last start failure in the Prix Jacques le Marois, where the son of Starspangledbanner finished eighth in a field of nine.

In a statement, trainer Joseph O'Brien said: “Everyone here at Carriganog Racing is so disappointed that State Of Rest’s racing career has come to a sudden end. He was without question a remarkably talented, durable and consistent performer.

“We asked a huge amount of him throughout his career and he delivered every time. He won Group/Grade One races on three different continents in the face of a wide variety of tracks, ground conditions and race temps. It all came alike to him. He had the most incredible constitution and will to win.

“We’ll miss him greatly, but we look forward to training his progeny in the years ahead.”
A four-time Group 1 winner, State Of Rest is well known to Australian racing fans as the winner of the 2021 Cox Plate, where he narrowly edged out Godolphin colt Anamoe in the weight-for-age major and then survived a half-hour protest in the steward's room.

The four-year-old entire is owned by the State Of Rest Partnership, which includes Australian breeders Newgate Stud and Rathbarry Stud in Ireland.

State Of Rest is likely to shuttle between both Ireland and Australia for stallion duties.

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