The Racing Post
reports that the Aga Khan's Sendawar has been retired from racing and that Montjeu has suffered a "training setback" and may miss his scheduled start in Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I).
Sendawar (Priolo -- Sendana, by Darshaan), winner of the 1999 Dubai Poule D'Essai des Poulains-French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-I), was scheduled to defend his title in Sunday's Emirates Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I), won by Indian Lodge, but was withdrawn from the race and retired, according to the Post
. Sendawar was the highweighted colt at three on the European Free Handicap at distances from seven to nine furlongs and retires with five victories from 10 career starts, earning $745,492. Winless in two starts as a juvenile, Sendawar won four of five starts as a 3-year-old, the only blemish coming in a second-place finish in the Prix Greffulhe (Fr-II) at the hands of Montjeu. Besides the French Two Thousand Guineas, he also won the St. James Palace Stakes (Eng-I) and the Emirates Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I). Sendawar won one of three starts of his 4-year-old campaign, that coming in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) at Longchamp. In his final two starts, he finished fourth to Dubai Millenium in the Prince of Wales Stakes (Eng-I) and placed second in the Prix Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville.
Michael Tabor's Montjeu, the likely favorite in Saturday's 1 1/4-mile Irish Champion Stakes, is now uncertain to make the race. "Montjeu is not a certain runner in Ireland," trainer John Hammond told the Post
. "He has had a slight training setback and is now only a possible runner next Saturday. We will review the situation in the middle of the week."
According to the Post
, Giant's Causeway may now substitute for Montjeu in the Irish race and Montjeu may prep for his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) defense in the Prix Foy (Fr-II).
Montjeu has won 10 of 12 career starts, including the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I), the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), and the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I). The 4-year-old son of Sadler's Wells was the highweighted colt at three on the European Free Handicap between 11 to 13 1/2 furlongs.