Indira bows out
Sunday, June 25, 2017 RSS Feeds

It is with sadness that we have to report that our very popular mare Indira has been retired after suffering a recurrence of the tendon injury she originally sustained a year ago.

Happily, it has once again been detected very early, meaning that she is not even lame and certainly not suffering. But a scan has shown that, despite the fact the original small tear in her tendon had healed after a prolonged period of rest, there is further damage to the leg which will rule her out of returning to the racecourse.

We are all immensely proud of Indira. Bred by Louise Parry and Peter Steele-Mortimer, she came to us as a yearling and a syndicate led by Larry Stratton was formed to race her. Every member of that team and all of us in the stable have been privileged to have been associated with such a tough and honest filly who always gave her all, providing us with so many happy days along the way. She retires with a rating of 92 as the winner of six races and having been placed a further 14 times from 32 starts in all.

It was unclear whether or not she would come back into training after her injury last summer but Larry and the gang very sportingly decided to wait to see how the tendon would repair and, given the all clear after six months, she returned to Beverley House Stables. Once again Indira went about her daily exercise with no fuss, always eager to get back to the yard to tuck into her food. She surprised us all with her incredibly gutsy run on her return at Windsor on 29 May when she was third in a good handicap off the highest mark of her career.

She had us all hoping for one last glorious season but sadly it was not to be. She owes us nothing and we wish her a happy and healthy retirement from racing as she takes up her new career as a broodmare. If she breeds her own toughness into her offspring then she will continue to bring years of pleasure to their owners.

It will be hard to say goodbye when she finally leaves the yard and relinquishes her position as stable star. Perhaps Kryptos, who posted such a promising debut effort for John and Tony Fordham when third in a Newmarket maiden on Saturday, will one day fill that role but he has a long way to go to fill the void left by Indira. Thanks for everything, old girl.