French Star Divine Proportions Retired

Divine Proportions, who finished a puzzling fourth in the Aug. 14 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) after winning her first nine starts, has been retired after suffering a tendon injury, according to the Racing Post. The 3-year-old French-trained filly raced as a homebred for the Niarchos family.

"This news is very brutal for me as she'd never had a training problem and was in brilliant form before the Marois," said trainer Pascal Bary. "But I did suspect something might be amiss four or five days after she returned to Chantilly.

"Since returning to my yard she has undergone extensive tests and the vets have found tendon damage in her off foreleg. They have recommended that such a brilliant filly should not race again."

Divine Proportions earned a 2004 Cartier Award as top 2-year-old filly and was France's champion juvenile filly. Three of her four group wins that year came against mares.

This year, Divine Proportions proved versatile enough to win not only the mile classic Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I), but also the 1 5/16-mile Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I). For her career, Divine Proportions captured five group I stakes and earned $1,553,790.

A daughter of Kingmambo, who was a classic winner for Stavros Niarchos, Divine Proportions is a half-sister to French champion Whipper and to stakes winner Assos and a full sister to the dam of English champion Ocean Silk (by Dynaformer). Her dam, stakes winner Myth to Reality, is by Sadler's Wells. Breeding plans have not been decided.

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