Newgate Stud Managing Director Henry Field has confirmed that Dissident will not run in the 2015 Doncaster Mile and will instead have his final race start in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 18.
Dissident was purchased by Newgate Stud at the end of his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign and he will be retired to stand as a stallion at the Victorian-based stud at the conclusion of the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Sebring entire started his autumn campaign with a surprise loss to Mourinho in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 24 before he returned to winning form with a comfortable victory in the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 14.
Dissident went into the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) as an odds-on favourite, but he never looked comfortable in the run and he finished a most disappointing third behind Suavito and Smokin’ Joey.
There was speculation that the Futurity Stakes would be the last race start for Dissident, but Field told Sky Racing HQ that the four-year-old would contest the All Aged Stakes before being retired to stud, but would bypass the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 4.
“He is very keen to run the horse in the All Aged,” Field said.
“Obviously he had a setback in the Futurity after being so dominant when winning the Orr and he had a week to 10 days out.
“Hopefully we can have him spot-on for the All Aged and it would be great to finish his racing career as a five-time Group 1 winner.
“It would be great to finish it off by winning the All Aged Stakes and it would be lovely for such a good racehorse to finish his racing career in the style that he deserves.”
Dissident made his racing debut in January of 2013 with a win in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m), but he was unable to return to winning form in his next eight starts, despite finishing in the placings in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m), Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m), Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m).
The talented galloper recorded his second career win in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 1 and he went on to record a maiden win at Group 1 level in the Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Dissident made his weight-for-age debut in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 30 last year and he recorded a dominant victory and he proved that win was no fluke when he took out the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight later.
The four-time Group 1 winner finished a very close second behind Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 28, but his spring campaign came to a premature end when he bled during the running of the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 11.
Dissident has been removed from the 2015 Doncaster Mile betting market with Ladbrokes and George Ryder Stakes winner Real Impact ($6) is now a narrow favourite from talented three-year-olds Hallowed Crown ($8), Kermadec ($13) and Shooting To Win ($13).