ABASHIRI, the 2016 Triple Crown winner, has changed ownership in a final farewell to horseracing for owners Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren.

Trainer Mike Azzie said that Abashiri has been resting after his moderate effort in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and that his break will be extended.

He commented: “Abashiri wasn’t striding out after the Queen’s Plate so we scratched him from the Sun Met. We will point him at the Summer Cup in November, build him steadily up into the race. He hasn’t lost his ability, just his form.”

Azzie said that the 2016 Triple Crown had been a gruelling task to complete and that he didn’t want Abashiri to race run in the 2016 Durban July, which came just two months after the SA Derby in which he was ridden hard to win a close finish.

He said: “Adriaan Van Vuuren wanted to go for the July, but the horse should never have run. His form went off after that run.”

Abashiri has been sold to a new owner, who doesn’t want his name revealed. The gelding by Go Deputy still has an excellent record of six wins from 12 starts and will in future compete for Corner Stone Trust.