Jukebox Jury Retired
Leading stayer Jukebox Jury has been retired after suffering another injury setback.
The six-year-old had a successful racing career, winning eight stakes races and earning £857,187.
He was considered one of the leading chances in last year’s Melbourne Cup, with trainer Mark Johnston particularly confident about his horse’s chances.
“Everything we know about European horses going to the Melbourne Cup, I think Jukebox Jury ticks most of the boxes,” Johnston said before the race.
However, the Montjeu stallion suffered a hairline fracture to his near-fore cannonbone in the running of the race and has never fully recovered from the injury.
Jukebox Jury was owned by Alan Spence whose son Mike announced that the stallion would be retired.
“Jukebox Jury has been retired after suffering another setback,” Spence said on Twitter.
“Horse of a lifetime. Two G1s, Four G2s and a G3!
“Hopefully he can find somewhere nice at stud for his retirement.”
Jukebox Jury won his first group race as a three-year-old in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot in 2008 and ran second behind Crowded House in his Group 1 debut a month later.
He returned to the races as a four-year-old and upset highly fancied Godolphin stayer Campanologist to win the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes.
He travelled to France and won the Group 2 Grand Prix De Deauville and scored his maiden Group 1 victory in the Preis Von Europa, one of Germany’s most prestigious races.
Just over a year ago he scored his second Group one victory, when he dead heated with Duncan to share the Irish St Leger.
In the 2011 Melbourne Cup he finished well back in the field and suffered the injury that would lead to his retirement.