Creggs Pipes retired following further injury setback

Tue 29 Aug 2017

Creggs Pipes has been retired to the paddocks after the recurrence of an old injury.

Connections of the five-year-old mare took the decision to call time on her racing career following her latest setback as she was being prepared for the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

Winner of the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh in May, Creggs Pipes is likely to be covered by Fastnet Rock early next year, according to trainer Andy Slattery.

"She was a good servant. Her joint flared up again. She would probably be all right in six months if we gave her the time, but we came to the conclusion what was the point?" said the Thurles handler.

"She'd done enough and she's valuable. If she got injured, you'd never forgive yourself.

"In the New Year she'll be covered. I think she's going to be taken to Fastnet Rock."

Owned by John Hayes, Creggs Pipes completed a four-timer when winning the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Premier Handicap at Galway in July 2016. She won seven of her 23 starts in all and amassed over £207,000 in prize money.

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