Breeding powerhouse call time on career of three-time Group 1 winner

Three-time Group 1 winner Avilius, one of Godolphin’s best gallopers in his prime, has been retired.

The racing and breeding powerhouse announced the decision to call time on his racing career on Monday afternoon.

Avilius’ last run was a sixth placing in the Group 1 Doomben Cup on May 22 but he will be remembered for the some sensational performances since arriving in Australia from French trainer Andre Fabre in 2018.

The son of Pivotal ran in both the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in his maiden preparation in Australia before returning in the autumn of 2019 to win both the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and Group 1 Tancred Stakes.

He added to his Group 1 tally in the spring of 2019 when capturing the George Main Stakes at Randwick.

Avilius would continue to race consistently at the top level after the George Main but the victory would prove to be the last of his memorable career.

“This was a horse who gave us all he had,” trainer James Cummings said.

“So, it is only right that he should bow out with dignity. He was running well and, as he did from day one, he went into every battle in good health and with great desire.

The James Cummings trained Avilius after trackwork. Photo: AAP Image/Vince CaligiuriSource:AAP

“Horses like him never stop trying, so we have to know when to call time.

“He was an exceptionally talented horse. He was versatile and extremely resilient. He will be greatly missed, but he will always have a very good home.”

Avilius retires with a record of 11 victories and nine placings from 39 starts with four Group 3 triumphs and a Group 2 Peter Young Stakes on his resume.

Avilius will now join Godolphin’s Lifetime Care program.

“He will now graduate as a flagbearer in the Godolphin Lifetime Care program which fundamentally illustrates our commitment to the highest standard of care throughout their lives,” Godolphin’s Racing and Bloodstock Manager Jason Walsh said.

“One of the key objectives of the flagbearer program is to utilise the profile of a horse like Avilius to help promote the versatility of the Thoroughbred breed in a range of post-racing endeavours.”

Originally published asGodolphin star Avilius retired

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