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Super Seth retired to stud despite trainer’s reluctance

“To be honest, those sorts of mares along with our own broodmare band gives him every opportunity,” he said.

“He’ll be getting around about 40-45 of our best or better mares.


“He’s got nothing more to prove. We’ve made it very adamant one of his strongest attributes is his turn of foot and his was mind-blowing. It’s a long haul making these stallions so let’s get into it and let’s get started.”

Chittick said the owners took a few days to make the decision, despite pressure from trainer Anthony Freedman to give him a crack at a four-year-old spring campaign.

“It was a difficult decision and once they’re retired, they are retired,” he said.

“Anthony especially, he rang me three times from Sunday onwards when I said we’re weighing up what to do. When I said we were leaning towards the breeding barn, he said Cox Plate, he said Golden Eagle and he said, ‘Can you give me two days to change your mind?’ That’s how strong he felt.

“But when we really weighed things up from Sunday onwards and when I spoke to the owners, it became apparent there was a massive demand for him.

Super Seth swoops down the outside to beat Alligator Blood in the Caulfield Guineas.

Super Seth swoops down the outside to beat Alligator Blood in the Caulfield Guineas.Credit:Getty Images

“When we weighed up things like prizemoney maybe being affected, we just thought commercially it just makes absolute total sense.”

In a statement, Freedman said it was “sad to lose a horse of such quality from our stable”.


“Especially knowing the potential he had to win more at the top level as a four-year-old,” he said.

“But his credentials for stud are impressive and the uncertainty around upcoming race programs made it difficult to keep him in training.”

Super Seth retires with five wins and two group 1 placings from 12 starts, including a McNeil Stakes, a Manfred Stakes and a second to Streets Of Avalon in the Futurity.

Chittick said his performances on top of the ground showed off his fast-finishing ability.

“He ran down Alligator Blood and showed a massive turn of foot to do it and he’s shown that on more than one occasion,” he said.

“He poses exactly what we want.”

Super Seth will join Yes Yes Yes (Coolmore), Exceedance (Vinery), Pierata (Aquis), Brutal (Newgate), Tassort (Newgate), Microphone (Darley), I Am Immortal (Swettenham) and Zousain (Widden) among the new additions to stud from next season.

D’Argento and Fifty Stars are among the other group 1 winners retired but yet to find a spot on a stallion roster for next season.

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