Trainer Dan Skelton has announced that Grade 1 winning mare Roksana has been retired due to injury.
The daughter of Dubai Destination accumulated just over £280,000 in prize money over the years and landed four Graded successes in the likes of the West Yorkshire Hurdle and the Warfield Mares’ Hurdle.
The nine-year-old gave Skelton his first Grade 1 success back in March 2019, when she was left in the lead following Benie Des Dieux’s fall in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Announcing the news on Twitter, the Warwickshire trainer went on to praise Roksana and explained her injury in more detail.
“She looks absolutely fantastic, and we were getting ready to go back to Wetherby again this year.
“Unfortunately she’s got a very small injury emerging in her suspensory.
“Racehorses get injuries like this from time to time, and we have to be very careful with her.
“For the whole team here it’s a bit of a sad day to be retiring her, but she retires effectively in one piece. She is still sound. She hasn’t hurt herself to the degree where she’s lame or anything like that.
“She’s in fantastic condition and will now go and have foals.”