Top sprinter Battaash has been retired by connections after his defeat when racing for a record at Goodwood.

The popular gelding was aiming for win number five in Friday's King George Qatar Stakes, but he could only manage seventh place under Jim Crowley.

Having made the race his own in recent seasons, he had no answer to the finishing speed of French raider Suesa in the Group 2 contest.

His owners have now decided to call it a day with the 13-time winner.

In a statement on Saturday, racing manager Angus Gold said on behalf of Shadwell Estate Company Ltd: “Following telephone conversations with HH Sheikha Hissa Bint Hamdan Al Maktoum last night and this morning it has been confirmed that Battaash will retire from racing with immediate effect.

“Sheikha Hissa confirmed to me how much Battaash had meant to Sheikh Hamdan and indeed to all her family and she does not want to abuse him in any way – while the ground may have been a contributory factor to his defeat yesterday it appeared that some of his old spark was missing, so ultimately the decision to retire him was an easy one.”

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