New owners Coolmore have confirmed star filly Nechita will be retired but which stallion serves her is still to be decided.
Coolmore’s Tom Magnier put an end to any hopes the she would would race again, with the speedy filly joining the growing exodus of Group 1-winning three-year-olds to the breeding barn.
“She’s retired,” Magnier told Radio Sports National.
Coolmore paid $1.55 million for the daughter of Fastnet Rock at yesterday’s Magic Millions national broodmare sale but Magnier said she had been in the global breeding operation’s sights since winning the Coolmore Stud Stakes in November.
“Since she won at Flemington, we always thought she was a filly with a lot of ability and one we always wanted,” he said.
“She’s a very good looking filly and she’s by Fastnet Rock.”
The winner of three of four starts in now set for a stud date with either proven stallion Galileo or Coolmore’s newcomer Pierro.
Maginer said there would be lengthy discussions with Coolmore’s pedigree experts but indicated Pierro is the more likely option at this stage.
“On paper it’s probably best for Pierro,” Magnier said.
While Nechita’s racing career is over, fellow former Patinack filly Longport is set to chase Group 1 honours in the spring after being purchased for $800,000 by Brisbane trainer Dan Bougoure.
Bougoure, who is most famous for training champion sprinter Falvelon, is likely to aim the Group 1 placegetter at the Myer Classic in November.
Other notable horses bought as part of the Patinack reduction yesterday were Sookie ($700,000), Pear Tart ($675,000), Pane In The Glass ($500,000), Kneeling ($380,000) and Potions ($300,000).