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Ten-time Group 1 winner Imperatriz retired

Ten-time Group 1 winner Imperatriz retired

The renowned racehorse Imperatriz, a remarkable ten-time winner at Group 1 level, has competed in her final race. The decision, confirmed by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, comes as the six-year-old mare is set to transition to a new role as a broodmare next spring.

Ellis expressed admiration for Imperatriz’s journey from being the last filly to sell as a yearling to becoming a champion racehorse, earning accolades from fans and owners alike. Despite the disappointment of retiring her, the decision prioritizes Imperatriz’s well-being, as indicated by a veterinary inspection revealing that further racing would not be in her best interests.

With a stellar career boasting nearly $7 million in prize money, Imperatriz’s legacy includes memorable victories across Australia and New Zealand, leaving a lasting impression as one of Te Akau Racing’s most successful mares, second only to the legendary Melody Belle in Group 1 triumphs.