Sir Slick bows out at Awapuni

Kiwi marvel Sir Slick has been retired after finishing down the track in the G3 Awapuni Gold Cup won by Riomoral on Saturday.

Sir Slick (10g Volksraad – Our Miss Opera by Paris Opera) was contesting his sixth Awapuni Cup having won it in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and finishing second in 2009.  “He had every opportunity but he didn’t want to do it,” Te Aroha trainer Graeme Nicholson said.  “He came back in and he wouldn’t have blown a match out.

”People have been asking me when I was going to retire for some time now.  I’ve always said I’d retire him when he was ready and he’s ready now.

”Awapuni is his favourite track and I wanted to give him this final chance to show he still had that spark but he didn’t.  I don’t want to break him down.”

Nicholson said Sir Slick (NZ) would be retired to a paddock adjacent to his home at Kaihere.  ”He’s just been a marvel,” Nicholson said.  ”The biggest thrill was the day he beat Xcellent in the Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie.  It was just a phenomenal performance.  That and his three Awapuni Gold Cups.”

Sir Slick (NZ) won 22 of his 151 starts earning over $2.04 million.  His G1 wins included the Thorndon Mile (twice) at Trentham, International Stakes at Te Rapa, Otaki-Maori WFA, Zabeel Classic and New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie.