Connections of Lucas Cranach have decided to retire the talented import following the advice of vets.
Co-director of Australian Bloodstock Jamie Lovett, who raced the former German stayer, revealed the disappointing news on twitter today.
“Unfortunately for connections we have decided to retire Lucas Cranach this morning on the advice of vet,” Lovett said.
“Very disappointing for all concerned.”
Lucas Cranach arrived in Australia in 2011 and his ability was obvious in his first two starts when he finished fifth in the Caulfield Cup and third in the Melbourne Cup.
But injury intervened on multiple occasions and he only managed one further start which was a dominant win in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes last autumn.
The son of Mamool was one of the favourites for the major spring events in 2012 but failed to make it to the start line due to a bone chip injury.
Lovett is hopeful the entire will be able to transfer his on-course success to a fruitful career at stud.
“Lucas Cranach unlucky 5th G1 CC 3rd in G1 Melb Cup Winner of G2 St.George G2 winner in Germany. Will hopefully now have a future off track,” Lovett said.