This season’s Newmarket Handicap winner Wanted has been retired after his unplaced run behind Melito in Saturday’s T J Smith Stakes (Gr 1) over 1200m at Randwick.

Trainer Peter Moody confirmed the retirement yesterday. “Luke (Nolen) felt he was really flat on Saturday and had probably come to the end of his preparation.
“The boys who own him decided he had done his job and it was time to let him go and be a stallion. The original plan was to take him to England but we couldn’t take him there on that run.”

Speaking on Sky Sports Radio in Sydney, Moody said Wanted was “100 per cent sound” following a vet’s examination on Monday morning. “We got the vet to have a look at him for peace of mind and he’s got a clean bill of health, Moody said, adding, “It’s time for him to go and do something else now.”

Wanted’s stud future is expected to be decided ‘in the next two or three days’ according to Moody. The son of Fastnet Rock was sold to Widden Stud in a deal purported to be worth $9 million after his fourth place finish in the Oakleigh Plate but that deal foundered when the placement of insurance was not possible.

“There was some doubt over the horse because he was (sic) a rig but that’s all sorted now and he has fertility insurance in place. There are people interested in the horse and I gather that things will be decided in the next two or three days.”

Bred by Ron Gilbert at his Highgrove Stud and owned by Sydney-based Eddie Hayson, Wanted sold for $800,000 as a yearling at the Easter Yearling Sale. He retires having won three of his 15 starts and placing in another six for earnings of more than $1,216,000 million in prizemoney.

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