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14/02/02 Viscount Retired After Breaking Down
0214viscount.jpg (8124 bytes)Brilliant three-year-old Viscount will be retired to stud after breaking down in Sydney.

Viscount's trainer John Hawkes confirmed this morning that the son of Quest for Fame has strained ligaments in a joint in his off fore leg and no risks would be taken.

Closely related to the champion Octagonal, Viscount is out of the dual winning Sir Tristram mare Antwerp. She in turn is a daughter of the Group One winner Diamond Lover and a half sister to the record breaking $3.6 million yearling Don Eduardo.

Facing the starter on only 17 occasions Viscount scored six wins and five minor placings, netting Jack and Bob Ingham nearly $1.4 million in stakes.

Last season the colt was crowned the Champion Australian Two-Year-Old after winning both the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes Group One Double in Sydney.

0214viscounthead.jpg (7786 bytes)His third and final Group one victory came when he beat a small but select field in the George Main Stakes in Sydney late last year.

He will also be remembered for his unlucky third to Northerly and Sunline in October's Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

News of the injury came hot on the heels of Hawkes announcing a change of plans for Viscount's autumn campaign. He was originally looking at running the colt in the Doncaster Handicap but was set to switch races after he was allotted 56 kilograms, just two less than the champion mare and ten time Group One winner Sunline.

Viscount will join the stallion roster at the Ingham's famous Woodlands Stud property in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

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