Richard Hannon calls time on Canford Cliffs' racing career

Canford Cliffs
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Horse trainer Richard Hannon announces the "heartbreaking" news of Canford Cliffs retirement.

Canford Cliffs has retired from racing after fears of a minor injury spreading.

The four-year-old stable star failed to win in the Duel on the Downs contest at Glorious Goodwood last week.

British horse trainer Richard Hannon confirmed that Canford suffered a small injury on the joint, which has caused him to retire from racing.

"He has a bit of a shadow on the joint running into the pastern and that could turn into something nasty - it could turn into a fracture," Uttoxeter Advertiser quotes Hannon as saying.

"He's a perfectly sound horse and I could very nearly go on training him, but under that light, I don't want to do the horse any damage as he's done us so proud. It's a terrible shame - it's heartbreaking, but I don't want to see him end up with a bad injury.

"He now goes off to stud sound. If anything happened to him, I couldn't forgive myself. He's been a fantastic horse for the yard. He's won five Group Ones - you can't do any more than that."

The Thoroughbred racehorse won the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, beating 13-time Group One winner Goldikova.