The Grade One winner Euro Charline has been forced to retire following a tendon injury. It had been hoped that Marco Botti-trained mare would be fit for this coming Friday to run at Newmarket, as she had been entered in Tattersalls 250th Year Falmouth Stakes. Euro Charline was second in this race last year when she was only just beaten by Amazing Maria. The stable had hope that the tendon problem would resolve itself, but sadly this is not the case. Euro Charline had been put through her paces on Saturday, and she had worked well which looked to be the green light to race at Newmarket. After a day’s rest and a canter in the morning, it was clear that all was not right and that her injury hadn’t healed.
Mario Botti told At The Races “It’s a big blow, we weren’t happy with her and had it investigated. But an injury like this is too risky for a filly at that level to carry on and race. She worked on Saturday and worked well, but two days later we realised all wasn’t quite right. She cantered this morning which is why we declared her, but after further examination, we decided it was just too risky to carry on. It’s frustrating as we had aimed at this race for a long time, but you can never predict these injuries. It’s very sad, but that’s the way it is. She owes us nothing and we couldn’t take the risk, at least she is retiring in one piece.”