Connections of Bling It On have decided to call time on their star pacer's career following what turned out to be his final race at Tabcorp Park, Menangle on Saturday night.
Bling It On needed a big performance to convince connections to carry on, but it didn't come and reinsman Luke McCarthy knew time was up for the superstar as they left the track.
The race was Bling It On's 86th, 49 of which have been a Group 1 level. He retires with 45 wins, 20 placings and career earnings of $1,656,656.
"He went to this race as a D-day. He needed to go really well to continue on and he didn't," McCarthy said. "We made excuses for him first-up and then trialled quite well, but he didn't do enough last time. It's the right time to retire him.
"The timing works well actually. The breeding season isn't far away. He served 130 mares when he was at stud recovering from his injuries last year and hopefully he can get another 100 mares or so this year to give him a chance to make an impact as a stallion."
Looking back on an amazing career, McCarthy quickly declared the 2017 Hunter Cup as Bling It On's greatest moment on the track.
"That was the most special to me, but there were so many others," he added. "His Queensland Derby win, that Breeders Crown win as a two-year-old and that Gold Coast Cup where he won and smashed the track record.
"He was such a great horse from day one and just about all of his runs were against top opposition."
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