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Azzie Darling Retires

SA Triple Crown star's career ends

SA Triple Crown hero Abashiri, who was injured during the running of the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July on Saturday, is to be retired.

Abashiri – at his peak

Mike and Adam Azzie have done a sterling job with the son of Go Deputy, who was raced in his early career by the late Adriaan van Vuuren and earned over R4,3 million in 20 starts.

A R400 000 National Yearling Sale graduate, the peak of the goodlooking Lammerskraak bred gelding’s career came with his SA Triple  Crown triumph in the Gr1 SA Derby of 2016.

While his career hit a slump after those dizzy heights due to injury, and he never quite raced at the same performance levels again, he was always a newsmaker and favourite of the racing public. And a very special horse who carried plenty of sentiment and emotion on his majestic back for the Azzie family.

Abashiri is recovering at the Summerveld Equine Hospital after going wrong in the final stages of the July on Saturday.

He will be returned to Gauteng this week and then commence his injury rehabilitation before being retired and taking his place as the Azzie Racing Stable darling.

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12 comments on “Azzie Darling Retires

  1. Tracey says:

    Sad a great horse

  2. Delios says:

    Any idea what happened to him to make Pierre stop so abruptly?

    1. Editor says:

      Apparently did a tendon Delios

  3. Judith says:

    Retired – does that mean he will just graze and wander the fields in early retirement? I noted how Shea Shea has been treated following his retirement – hope the same goes for this fine performer.

    1. Editor says:

      Azzie’s are very transparent – will follow the story

  4. Peter Caine says:

    From the second the gate opened, we did our money on him. Pierre was hard at him from the onset. Was the horse sound enough to run????

  5. Mac says:

    Could Striker and the Vet not picked up all was not well with Abashiri,. I knew immediately after the start that something was wrong. I just spoke out aloud.

    1. Editor says:

      Piere Strydom would never have taken a chance had he felt anything amiss

  6. Mac says:

    I have already posted a comment forget to add this one to it. The Delay, its becoming a norm. First you have the choir or whatever come into play after the horses leave for the start. Then the was a huge delay at the start. This can have huge impact on horses carrying top weight. What is happening with KZN racing. Not only the July day seems to happen on almost all races. The favorite changing shoes. Come on give us a break.

  7. Peter Caine says:

    Pity. Great animal.

  8. gavin says:

    he was a brillant horse . he needs to be taken care off

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