SOLID Speed, one of the best-fancied runners in last Saturday’s Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, has been retired from racing.
The five-year-old gelding pulled up with a bloody nose and trainer Dean Kannemeyer told Tab News: “He ruptured blood vessels in both nostrils. He was travelling exceptionally well at the 1200m but was suddenly off the bit. Jockey Stuart Randolph started pushing but finally just put his hands down.
After the race Kannemeyer, owner Lady Christine Laidlaw and Jehan Malherbe, racing manager for her Khaya Stables, discussed the matter and decided to retire Solid Speed. “Lady Laidlaw is absolutely passionate about her horses and, given Solid Speed has had issues before, we all felt strongly he had done enough. He has been very good to us. We fancied him in the Durban July, but unfortunately these things do happen.”
Solid Speed, a son of Dynasty, will be staying with Kannemeyer to become schoolmaster to his babies and in the paddock. “I love all my horses, but he’s a stable favourite,” said the Cape-based trainer. “I don’t think he knows how to kick or bite – but he certainly knows how to run. He’s magnificent, big and beautiful. He’s a special one.”
Solid Speed ran 15 times for eight wins from 1600m to 2400m, including the Grade 2 Betting World 1900 in May. His four places include a third in last year’s Grade 2 Gold Vase and a fourth in the stayers’ race on Met Day. He earned R828,500 in stakes.