2019 The TAB Everest winner, Yes Yes Yes has been retired to stud due to injury, to stand at Coolmore Australia in 2020.
The son of Rubick was spelled after winning the $14million Everest (1200m) back in October and had been training strongly for his projected return in the Gr.1 VRC Lightning Stakes. However, an exhibition gallop in early October was abandoned when the colt showed signs of inflammation in a foreleg.
His trainer Chris Waller released a statement on Monday advising vets found the worst possible scenario, reporting the valuable colt had a small lesion in a tendon in his left front leg.
Waller’s statement advised Yes Yes Yes would be off the scene for a minimum of nine months but the tendon would “always be at risk of further injury” and could cause other issues as the sprinter would compensate for the problem by putting stress on his other legs.
Coolmore purchased a large stake in the colt prior to last year’s Golden Slipper, so Yes Yes Yes will stand alongside his sire Rubick at Coolmore Stud in the 2020 breeding season.
He won four of his eight starts, including the Gr.2 Todman Stakes, while The Everest prizemoney pushed his racetrack earnings to more than A$7.1 million.