Sad news this week when we learned Belle Tournure will need to be retired from racing. Her knees have required close management this prep to stay sound but she has now chipped one of her knees and will go for an operation next week to have the chip removed.
We had her x-rayed following her brilliant 2nd place performance in the Moruya Cup and she was fine so we sent her to the paddock. Unfortunately, she managed to chip the joint running around in the paddock, which was confirmed with another x-ray this week.
She has been an incredible success story for our stable and we are relieved she did not injure herself during a race. She will be totally fine being a broodmare and the operation next week will mean her knees will be comfortable for her next stage of life.
Belle was purchased for $20,000 18 months ago and since then she has won 4 races (including the Christmas Cup at Moruya), placed 2nd 3 times, 3rd twice and has amassed just under $72,000 in only 14 starts.
Enjoy retirement Belle!