Leg injury sidelines Jukebox Jury

Australian owned stayer Jukebox Jury has been retired after aggravating a leg injury sustained in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

Jukebox Jury (6h Montjeu – Mare Aux Fees by Kenmare) had initially suffered a hairline fracture to his near-foreleg when down in the track at Flemington last year.  His 22 start career included 9 wins and AUD 1.32 million in prizemoney.

Trained by Mark Johnston, he was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Preis von Europa in Cologne and the 2011 Irish St Leger.  He dead-heated with Duncan at the Curragh with Red Cadeaux a length away in third.

Melbourne based owners Kevin Bamford and Gerry Ryan bought a 50% in him off owner Alan Spence after the Irish classic.  They were hoping he could emulate Americain, however, a cannon bone injury saw him finish 17 lengths adrift of Dunaden in the 2011 Cup.

“He was a horse of a lifetime,” Spence’s son Mike said.  “Hopefully, they can find somewhere nice for him at stud.”

Jukebox Jury is by Coolmore champion Montjeu who died in March after a short illness due to complications from septicemia.  His dam Mare Aux Fees was a 2100m winner at Longchamp and she has foaled four other stakes winners; Pierrot Solaire (Dancing Spree), The Mask (Saint Estephe), Belle Allure (Numerous) and Le Larron (High Chaparral).