Globetrotting Grade 1 Winner State Of Rest Retired, Stud Plans Pending

State of Rest, a winner of Grade or Group 1 races in the U.S., England, France, and Australia, has been retired from racing, with his stud plans to be determined later, Racing Post reports.

The Irish-born 4-year-old son of Starspangledbanner was preparing for a defense of his victory in the Group 1 Cox Plate, but an MRI scan found an issue that would not allow him to pass the protocols needed to travel to Melbourne. The colt was retired immediately with five wins in 13 starts for earnings of $3,808,013.

Joseph O’Brien trained the colt for the State of Rest Partnership.

State of Rest began his career in Ireland, and he became Group 2-placed in England, before earning his breakthrough score in last year’s Grade 1 Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes, upsetting the field at odds of 21-1.

That win kicked off a planet-spanning three-race winning streak that included the G1 Cox Plate in Australia, and the G1 Prix Ganay in France. After running third in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in England, State of Rest win the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes during the Royal Ascot meet. His final race was an eighth-place effort in the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Aug. 14.

Read more at Racing Post.

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