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Monday, 11 November, 2002, 18:02 GMT
Rock's career over
Rock of Gibraltar has been retired to stud
Rock of Gibraltar overtook Mill Reef's record
Rock Of Gibraltar, winner of a record-breaking seven successive Group One races, has been retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

The three-year-old colt, trained by Aidan O'Brien and co-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, made history when he won the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp in September.

It saw him overtake the great Mill Reef's record of six victories at the highest level in 1971/72.

Winner of 10 of his 13 starts, The Rock amassed a total of 1,269,800 in prize money during his career.


I have every confidence that he will transmit his amazing talent and courage to his offspring
Rock's co-owner Sir Alex Ferguson

A spokesman for the Coolmore stud said that Rock of Gibraltar would stand the 2003 season alongside his sire Danehill at the stud.

Although a fee has yet to be decided, it could be around 100,000 euros (about 62,000).

The horse is to stand in Ireland despite intense pressure from breeders, especially those in America, following his appearance in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Although his winning run came to a slightly controversial end when he was beaten by Domedriver at Arlington last month, he has still enjoyed a glittering career.


He was an unbelievable racehorse and will be very hard to replace
Trainer Aidan O'Brien

Ferguson paid tribute to the colt, who has given him many moments to remember over the past two seasons.

"As a relative newcomer into ownership I cannot adequately express the pleasure I have derived from the association with such a great horse," he said in a statement.

"I owe an eternal debt of thanks to everyone associated with Ballydoyle.

"While I will be saddened not to see Rock Of Gibraltar in action on the racecourse I look forward to the future with keen anticipation.

"I have every confidence that he will transmit his amazing talent and courage to his offspring."

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