Trainer Leon Macdonald confirmed this afternoon with TVN his Caulfield Cup-winning mare Southern Speed had been officially retired.
Macdonald said the owners decided there was no real guarantee she would be able to come back in the autumn, so they took the view it was better to retire her.
Macdonald said the syndicate that raced the mare had been dissolved and Southern Speed was to be sold.
“There have been a number of feelers from people all around the world.
"She may be sold overseas, and if that is the case she could be put into foal northern hemisphere time,” he added.
Southern Speed would definitely miss this year’s southern hemisphere season and no matter what happened with her sale, Macdonald said she had definitely run her last race.
Southern Speed retires after 25 starts with seven wins, four seconds and two thirds, with earnings of $2,810,250.