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Newmarket trainer Marco Botti pays tribute to retiring Crowned Eagle




The Marco Botti-trained Crowned Eagle has been retired with immediate effect.

The six-year-old has taken Botti and his Prestige Place team around the world since joining the yard from fellow Newmarket trainer John Gosden in 2017.

As well as plenty of outings in the UK, the son of Oasis Dream also featured at tracks in the UAE, Italy and, most recently, Sweden.

Marco Botti. Picture: Mark Westley
Marco Botti. Picture: Mark Westley

However, after that performance in September’s Group 3 Stockholm Cup International, Crowned Eagle showed signs of having joint issues.

Rest has not fixed the problem and so, following consultation with vets and owners Excel Racing & Les Boyer, it has been decided that retirement is the best course of action.

“He started to have joint issues and we hoped that after a good break we would be able to bring him back,” said Botti.

“We got him going again but he was still sore.

“We got some advice from the vet and at his age recovery takes longer and it was probably only 50/50 that he would get back.

“It was the right time to find him a nice home, which we have done.

“It is sad to see him leave the yard because he has been a good servant and taken us to some nice places, but it was becoming harder and harder to keep him sound. This was the best thing to do.”