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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Return Engagement for Ouija Board?

- Ouija Board finished third in the Japan Cup, and is scheduled to make one more start, in the Hong Kong Vase. But according to an article in the UK's Independent, there's pressure on Lord Derby to bring her back to race at the age of six.

The stud's manager, Peter Stanley, Lord Derby's younger brother, has been itching to add her name to his list of broodmares for some time, but he may have to wait a little longer if a groundswell of opposition gains pace. Lord Derby is being urged by several well-respected professionals to give Ouija Board one more year on the racetrack, a course of action that, it is believed, would not displease her trainer, Ed Dunlop.

One leading trainer said: "I have told Lord Derby that if she was mine I would let her race again next year. She will only be six and there is plenty of time for breeding.

"This season she has been better than ever, while it is a certainty that whatever she does at stud, she will never throw one better than herself, so he might as well enjoy her racing as long as possible." [Independent]