Cape Champ Retires

Equus Champion miler calls it a day

Friday was a bittersweet day today for the team at Marcus Racing as retired stable champion Vardy loaded up en route to Klawervlei Stud where he will undoubtedly be loving life after racing.

Vardy wins the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate under Craig Zackey (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

A big thanks to John Koster for taking him back home.

Vardy has brought so much joy and happiness to each and everyone of us that have had the honour to work with him throughout his incredible career. He is larger than life and has an amazing character.

“A recent decision was made by myself and all of his owners to retire him as he sustained a further injury to his left front tendon albeit at the very early stages. We all felt that it wasn’t worth taking any risks with him and he deserved a dignified retirement of a Champion. The horse always comes first. I must thank all of his owners for having so much patience with him from the beginning,” said Adam.

“A massive thank you to my whole team who have all contributed to his success individually and have brought him back from a number of setbacks along the way. It is very much appreciated.”

Runs – 13

Wins – 6 (46%)

Places – 5 (38%)

Earnings – R2 434 700

Owners – B. Kantor, J. Sarkis, D. Yutar & G. Blank.

Pedigree – Var x Cupid (Jet Master)

Vardy achievements:

  • Gr3 Winter Classic
  • Gr2 Green Point Stakes
  • Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
  • Equus Champion Miler 2020
  • Highest MR – 134

Have an incredible retirement Vardy. You deserve only the best and thank you!

  • Media statement by Adam Marcus Racing

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