Irish Champion Sariska Retired

Daughter of Pivotal won the English and Irish Oaks.

Irish champion filly Sariska has been retired from racing after failing to break from the starting gate for the second straight time, according to the Racing Post. The 4-year-old Pivotal filly retired with five wins and three placings from 11 races and earnings of $1,113,771.

The first time Sariska failed to break from the gate came in the Aug. 19 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I). After being treated by horse healer Gary Witherford, she did the same thing in the Sept. 12 Qatar Prix Vermeille (Fr-I). Midday, a filly that Sariska bested in three earlier group events, won both stakes.

A homebred for Lady Bamford, Sariska defeated Midday in last year’s Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) and then won the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I), with Midday finishing third. This year, Sariska beat Midday in the Middleton Stakes (Eng-II).

Sariska, who was foaled in Great Britain, is a half sister to stakes winner Gull Wing and is out of the stakes-winning Muhtarram mare Maycocks Bay.