Vinery Stud announced on Tuesday that the decision had been made to end Press Statement’s race career, with the colt to take up stud duties in the upcoming breeding season.
Press Statement won Group 1 races at both two and three years of age for trainer Chris Waller.
Press Statement won all three races as a juvenile, highlighted by an elite level win in the JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane.
Press Statement’s spring campaign was highlighted by his victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and he also won the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
Press Statement began his autumn preparation with a win in the Group 2 2016 Hobartville Stakes before Group 1 placings in both the 2016 Randwick Guineas and 2016 George Ryder Stakes.
Press Statement was a beaten favourite when fifth in last Saturday’s 2016 All Aged Stakes.
The decision to retire Press Statement rules out a planned trip for the colt to the 2016 Royal Ascot carnival in England.
Press Statement retires with six wins from 11 career starts and over $1.8million in prize money.