Martyn Meade retires Irish Rookie

Irish Rookie is to be retired to the paddocks following her fifth place behind Alice Springs in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Irish Rookie: Retired after Sun Chariot fifth

The four-year-old filly, trained by Martyn Meade, was highly tried after winning both her starts as a juvenile, including a Listed race, but never got her head in front again.

Sixth to Legatissimo in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last season, she was then second behind Erveyda in the French equivalent.

That was the closest she came in seven Group One races.

"We were pleased with her run. We just wanted to give her another chance in a Group One and sign her off," Meade's son and assistant, Freddie, told At The Races.

"I think we've come to a decision that's the end of her racing career.

"She bounces back well out of her races. She did that after France and we thought we'd give her one more go and she didn't disappoint.

"She ran a great race and when you finish in front of Group One horses it's not too bad."

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