Two-time Group One winner Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha has been retired following her uncharacteristic performance in this month's Group Two Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Trainer Nigel Blackiston has released the following statement:
It is with great pride today that we announce the retirement of SUAVITO. What a ride it has been for connections, Nigel, and all of us at Blackiston Racing.
When a young filly by THORN PARK arrived in our stable at Flemington, one could never imagine that she would one day retire after eight victories, five at Group level, and earn more than $1.3m in prize money.
Suavito was bred by Domenic Li (IDL Racing), then foaled and raised at New Zealand’s longest running commercial stud farm Trelawney Stud operated by Brent and Cherry Taylor. She then spent time under management and education at Maryanne and George Simon’s Mana Park, well known for producing quality, tough thoroughbreds.
Initially leased from Domenic Li based on the recommendation of bloodstock adviser Jen Campin, Suavito arrived at Flemington and our staff quickly got to know her well. She kept her handlers on their toes, like many very good fillies and mares do!
In her very first gallop, Suavito showed ability that was above average. After her first career start at Ballarat in September 2013, running second to Solicit who developed into a very talented horse as well, it was clear she had a promising race career ahead.
The Lessee group exercised their right to purchase Suavito early in her career. However her new owners still only dreamed of watching their purchase rise to Group 1 level.
Her first two victories and then a stakes-placing at her fifth start was a big thrill for the ownership group, as were two further stakes-placings in the Autumn of 2014.
However in the Spring of 2014, Suavito improved with maturity and developed into an elite Group performer. After infamously refusing to leave the barriers one day at Flemington, the blinkers were removed and a remarkable run of success followed. Four Group wins in succession, including the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, proved her consistency and toughness.
She suffered a minor bone-chip as her 2015 Spring campaign was just getting started, requiring four months spell. That extended break saw her return stronger than ever to score another Group 1 win in the 2016 Orr Stakes, again at Caulfield. Along with Littorio’s first-up victory in the 2011 Maybe Diva Stakes after a long lay-off, this was one of Nigel’s most pleasing achievements as a trainer.
Our stable staff and track riders, particularly Gemma Hayward, have played a key role throughout Suavito’s career. Her race record is also a great reward for them, and for our team of vets (Emma Nicol, Equivets Victoria), farriers (Mick Grogan and team), agistment partners (Fulmen Park) and physio therapist (Kate Sagar). They are so important in every horse’s career, even more so when returning from injury.
Suavito’s presence in our stable will of course be missed, but we are thrilled to have experienced the ride that she has given us and her connections. We wish her and her new owners, Waikato Stud, all the best. She will be served by Savabeel in coming weeks.
We look forward to seeing a younger Suavi on the racecourse one day in the future with a similar spirit and will to win.