Black Opal victor retired

The 2011 Black Opal Stakes victor You're Canny has been retired following a career ending injury suffered at track work this week.

In what proved a very sad day for connections Canberra based trained Gratz Vella was pleased to announce that You're Canny did not require to be humanely euthanised and will spend the next few months in his stable recovering.

"He damaged his fetlock and suffered a few fractures," Vella said.

"He's going to live but at the moment he'll have to be at the stable for the next two-three months to just ease everything down on him."

Having landed one of the biggest upsets in recent memory when denying red hot favourite Karuta Queen victory in the 2011 Black Opal Stakes, Vella said he is a horse he will never forget.

"When he took out the Black Opal it was definitely one of my career highlights, it was a great thrill," Vella said.

"I was quietly confident heading into the race, I thought he had done everything right and if she [Karuta Queen] made any mistakes I knew I would be right there in the finish."

In achieving this feat You're Canny became the first Canberra-based horse to win the Black Opal Stakes since Pembleton in 2000 and landed Vella his first victory in the feature race after preparing the runner up on two occasions with Another Time and One Time in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

While failing to live up to this form as a three-year-old Vella was confident he was getting back close to his best this time in.

"He had really matured leading into this preparation and I was confident he was getting back close to his best, he just needed time," Vella said.

"It's a real shame because I really thought he was starting to hit his straps, he was just starting to get up to his peak fitness and was ready to produce some results for us."

You're Canny exits racing with career earnings amassing $200,000 with four wins and four minor placings from 18 career starts.

"He's been a great horse for us, he won us one of the main feature races in the district and I am forever grateful for that," Vella said.

"He had always been a good horse to train, the owners have been tremendous, you couldn't get anything better."

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