International traveller Side Glance, winner of the 2013 Mackinnon Stakes, has been retired.
In a 40-race career, the Andrew Balding-trained eight-year-old, who has been on box rest with a leg injury, won more than STG1.7million ($3.48 million).
His finest moment came at Flemington during 2013 Melbourne Cup week and he also ran third in last year’s Caulfield Stakes and fourth in the Cox Plate.
After doing his early racing for the Baldings’ Kingsclere Racing, Side Glance joined Sheikh Fahad’s Pearl Bloodstock.
“Winning the Mackinnon Stakes must rank as the highlight, but his fourth place in last year’s Cox Plate, when he was beaten just half a length, was a brilliant effort,” Balding said on the Pearl Bloodstock website.
“He was so courageous, durable and versatile.
“He has run in Hong Kong, Singapore, America, Canada, Australia, Dubai, and always went with a chance of winning.
“We’ll miss him, because he was bred by my mother and has been here since he was a foal, but he’s going to a good home.”
Side Glance will now spend the rest of life at a private yard run by Sarah Friend who believes he could carve out a new career as a show horse.