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28/03/02 Ethereal Retired to Pencarrow Stud
r7ethereal.jpg (15909 bytes)Ethereal, the queen of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, will not be heading on an international campaign and will be retired to stud.

Part owners Peter and Philip Vela made the decision not to risk the Rhythm mare and she will join their imposing broodmare band at Pencarrow Stud in New Zealand.

Trainer Sheila Laxon was hoping the Velas may allow her and their champion mare to contest Group One features in England and France after their barnstorming win in last Saturday's The BMW Stakes at Rosehill.

r7ethereal4.jpg (10398 bytes)Ethereal shot to prominence just under a year ago when she produced an astonishing finish to tip out a classy field in the Group One Queensland Oaks.

Given time to focus on the spring she returned in sensational form when she captured the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double last spring.

She still has one more race to run - the race to become Australia's Horse of the Year.

Ethereal is currently in a neck and neck battle with Perth's champion Cox Plate winner Northerly for Australasia's top honour for a thoroughbred racehorse.

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