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Dubai World Cup winner Gloria De Campeao retired

News broke Sunday that 2010 Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Gloria De Campeao was retired following the discovery of a torn tendon.  Australian media outlets had the story first, following owner Stefan Friborg in relation to plans for his globetrotter to contest the Cox Plate.

Gloria De Campeao was second in the 2009 Dubai World Cup, behind Well Armed, and eighth in the 2008 edition behind Curlin.  The son of Impression, bred in Brazil, raced three seasons in Dubai and his connection reported a glowing love for the desert conditions.  After his second to Well Armed, Gloria De Campeao landed the Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1), which in 2010, would represent his final lifetime start, a second place finish behind the recently retired Lizard’s Desire. 

Trained by Pascal Bary, Gloria De Campeao won nine lifetime starts from 25 opportunities with six seconds and three thirds.  His career earnings top US$9,000,000.  Stud plans have not been announced.

Click HERE for the initial story.


  1. England’s Racing Post reported almost immediately that Glora De Campeao had indeed been retired due to an injury he sustained. Prior to reading of Gloria De Campeao’s apparently alleged retirement. I had read that he was being pointed toward the Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August. Also due to be there are the 2010 Prince of Wales Stakes 1st and 2nd place finishers. Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Byword and Twice Over.

  2. Also really hated reading about the misfortune of Lizard’s Desire having a life threatening bout of laminitis. Lizard’s Desire had really come into his own in 2010 for Mike De Kock’s stable. Missing by a flared nostril to Gloria De Campeao in the Dubai World Cup. Then, again running an amazing race in the Audemars Piguet Q.E.II Cup in Hong Kong. Beaten by the narrowest of margins by Viva Pataca. Then finally turning the tables on Gloria De Campeao by beating him in the 2010 Singapore Airlines International Cup. Lizard’s Desire’s retirement alone is a great loss to the sport of racing. But with Gloria De Campeao’s retirement added to Lizard’s Desire’s. It’s a tremendous loss to the sport of kings.

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