Our Ivanhowe retired

11th April, 2017

By Andrew Eddy (

Ranvet Stakes winner Our Ivanhowe will end his racing days on a career-high with part-owner Rupert Legh confirming that the rising eight-year-old will not race on.

Finally striking suitable wet conditions for his 14th and final run in this country, Our Ivanhowe cruised home for a 3.3-length victory over Hartnell in the Ranvet Stakes but, just 10 days later, the curtain has been pulled down on his racing career.

"We always had it on our radar, win, lose or draw the Ranvet was always going to be his swansong," Legh said.

"There was really nothing left for him. You don't get wet tracks in Melbourne and we know he's a superstar but he just needs a bit of cushion.

"He's a four-times Group 1 winner, he's a very kind-natured horse and we don't want to bury him on hard tracks."

Trained in Australian by Lee and Anthony Freedman, Our Ivanhowe had 24 career starts for seven wins and $1.88 million in stakes.

Legh said no stud deal had been finalised but he confirmed a number of studs have shown interest.

"We've got a couple of studs both in Europe and here talking to us at the moment," he said.

Legh said that the decision to retire Our Ivanhowe was an easy one.

"We thought, why don't we go out on top and it's coming into April and it's time to find him a nice home and start building a nice book for him," Legh said.

"We didn't have a lot of options really. We aren't going to take Winx on. We could go to Brisbane, but we've already won a Doomben Cup. Is that going to improve his value? Probably not."

The son of Soldier Hollow was purchased to run in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and although he made an impression in both races, it was not until his final career start did Our Ivanhowe run to his true potential.

And it was over his last few days as a racehorse that Our Ivanhowe underlined the frustration he put his owners through.

Just as the wet conditions were finally in his favour in the Ranvet, Our Ivanhowe was forced out of last Saturday's BMW due to lameness in his off-fore. In the past, it had been his troublesome feet which had restricted him to 14 runs in this country over two years.

Our Ivanhowe ran third in the 2015 Caulfield Cup and then sixth in the same race last year. His Melbourne Cup record is not as flash, having been unluckily squeezed out of the 2015 edition before finishing near the tail of the field last spring.

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