Thistle Bird retired by Roger Charlton

Last Updated: 05/08/14 12:07pm

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Thistle Bird has been retired

Thistle Bird has been retired

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Roger Charlton's Pretty Polly Stakes winner Thistle Bird has been retired to stud due to injury.

At the top of her game at the age of six this season, the Selkirk mare won eight of her 20 starts, including consecutive victories in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and three Listed events.

Her final start was that maiden Group One win at the Curragh at the end of June, and she will head to the Rothschild family's stud in Buckinghamshire.

"Thistle Bird has been retired and she will be returning home to Waddesdon Stud in the next few days," the trainer told

"The injury that she picked up a few days before the Nassau Stakes will take time to heal and very sensibly her owner Lady Rothschild has decided not to risk her on a racecourse again.

"She has been a very tough and consistent mare and she has always fought so hard in all of her 20 races.

"Her lad Jeta Ram has cared for her every need with great pride and he has 'sat and suffered' on her for four seasons and he deserves a special mention. We look forward to her children coming to school at Beckhampton in due course."

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