Canford Cliffs, who won five consecutive European group I stakes and defeated the great mare Goldikova in one of them, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at John Magnier and partners’ Coolmore Stud in Ireland. A champion miler in England and Ireland last year at 3, Canford Cliffs was retired from racing on veterinary advice because of a pastern injury he suffered during the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) July 27. A fee will be announced later.
“Canford Cliffs was a very rare type in that he had such great early speed as a 2-year-old but also stretched out to be a superb miler at 3 and 4,” said trainer Richard Hannon. “He is without a doubt the best horse I have ever had in over 40 years as a trainer.”
Racing this year for The Heffer Syndicate and Coolmore associates Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Canford Cliffs began the season with a score in the JLT Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I). He next defeated Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) before finishing second to unbeaten Frankel in the Sussex.
Canford Cliffs began his group I win skein with a victory in the Abu Dhabi Irish Two Thousand Guineas in May 2010. He then took the St. James’s Palace Stakes in England. Earlier in the year he placed in two stakes, including the Stanjames.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I)
As a 2-year-old Canford Cliffs won the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) and ran third in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I).
Canford Cliffs was retired with top three finishes in all 11 races and earnings of $1,470,365. He won seven races.
Bred in Ireland by S. and S. Hubbard Rodwell, Canford Cliffs is by Tagula and is out of the Marju mare Mrs Marsh, a half sister to stakes winner Pina Colada.