Co-trainer James Cummings has revealed that a decision on whether Hallowed Crown races on as a four-year-old or is retired to stand at stud will be made this week.
Hallowed Crown was sent to the spelling paddock at Gooree Stud after he finished a luckless tenth behind Kermadec in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 6 and will remain there until owners Darley Australia and Gooree Stud decide on his racing future.
Cummings told Sky Racing HQ that he is hopeful Hallowed Crown will have another racing campaign as a four-year-old and he is confident that the Street Sense colt can continue to perform on the race track, but he said that the three-year-old has already done the stable proud.
“He is having a spell now and there might be some more news in the next week or two when the owners sit down and make their decision whether to retire to stud or press on for a four-year-old campaign,” Cummings said.
“The horse had a few mornings of just trot and cantering around Randwick to say goodbye possibly and if he does come back he will have a great campaign because he is a great horse.
“That will be up in the air in the next few days and maybe in the week there might be an answer there.
“Winning a Randwick Guineas made it an extremely good preparation for him and it didn’t go to plan in the Doncaster, but he is a very exciting horse and whatever happens I think that everybody that was associated with him would be very proud of him.”
Hallowed Crown made his racing debut with a win at Randwick in March last year and he went on to win the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in his final race start as a two-year-old.
He started his three-year-old season with a fast-finishing victory in the Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill before he stamped himself as a stallion prospect with a narrow victory in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
Hallowed Crown was sent to the spelling paddock after he finished a disappointing fourth in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), but he returned to the races with a victory in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 21 and scored a second win at Group 1 level in the Royal Randwick Guineas a fortnight later.
The talented entire was stepped-up to 2000 metres for the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), but he failed to run out the trip strongly before he had no luck whatsoever after drawing wide in the Doncaster Mile.