Waller announces Haut Brion Her’s immediate retirement

Source: News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom by Mitch Cohen

Multiple Group 2 winner Haut Brion Her has run out of time to be fit for a second The Everest tilt with connections electing to retire the classy sprinter to the breeding barn.

Trainer Chris Waller announced the decision on Tuesday, a little less than two months out from the $15m Randwick feature.

The leading trainer had hoped to have the classy six-year-old fit in time to be considered for one of the remaining open Everest slots after she had recovered from a ligament injury suffered in the autumn.

Haut Brion Her had finished fifth in last year’s The Everest and was a $21 chance to capture this year’s race before she was removed from markets.

She retires with a sensational winning record of six wins and four placings from 13 starts, including victories in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes and Group 2 Sheraco Stakes.

“She is a horse with a lot of ability and we sadly never got to see the best of her,” Waller said in a statement.

“Haut Brion Her has been a pleasure to train, she has a wonderful nature and being by Zoustar she will make a lovely broodmare.”

The last run of Haut Brion Her’s career was a fifth placing in the Group 1 The Galaxy back in March. She banked nearly $1.47m during her career.

Waller is still set to be well represented in this year’s The Everest with race favourite Nature Strip set to run in his stable’s slot for the lucrative sprint.