Quevega is to retire from racing and begin a career as a broodmare after being beaten by shock winner Jetson in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown.
Fresh from landing the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for the sixth successive year, the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega was the 9-10 favourite to secure a fifth victory on the bounce in this three-mile Grade One contest.
She travelled with her usual zest for much of the journey, but Ruby Walsh was hard at work from the home turn meaning 10-year-old Quevega suffered her first defeat since 2009, with the curtain set to come down on her record-breaking career.
“I think we are going to start discussing her next career as a broodmare,” said Mullins. “It’s not too late to cover her. Her racing career is finished now.”
Finian’s Rainbow could step up to three miles when he returns from injury next season, with the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on November 1 a possible starting point for Nicky Henderson’s 2012 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner.
Racing for the 100th time, Middleham trainer Ben Haslam’s Hi Dancer recorded a 16th victory at Sedgefield yesterday.
Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby faces 13 rivals in tomorrow’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket as the Hambleton trainer seeks a first English Classic.