Slipper winner Kiamichi hangs up her running shoes

  • Slipper winner Kiamichi hangs up her running shoes
  • Slipper winner Kiamichi hangs up her running shoes

GODOLPHIN'S 2019 Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi has been retired after a short but illustrious career.

A Godolphin homebred, Kiamichi led home an all blue sweep of the Godolphin Slipper placings, honouring a strong family history in the world’s most valuable 2yo race.

Kiamichi is by a Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep out of Ouachita, a daughter of the 1990 Slipper winner Canny Lad. Her family also features Slipper winners Vain, Marscay, Dark Eclipse and Storm Queen.

Kiamichi had been Godolphin’s first 2yo winner in Australia for the 2018-19 season and seven days before the Golden Slipper she won the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes, becoming the fifth filly to take the double. Both races are run over 1200m at Rosehill.

She also overcame the significant obstacle of a wide barrier, crossing the field and leading throughout to carry the Godolphin colours to their first victory in the world’s richest 2yo race.

The second and third, her stablemate Microphone and Lyre, trained by Anthony Freedman, also added merit to the win, the former going on to be named Australia’s Champion Juvenile of the season while Lyre was the winner of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Trainer James Cummings praised the filly as a genuine Group One star whose desire and talent came together in full proportion in the Golden Slipper.

"She was our first 2yo winner of the season and she just grew stronger and better as her preparations progressed,” Cummings said.

“I have nothing but praise for her win in such a high pressure race. We trained her for strength and she was the toughest on the day. They all had the chance to run her down, but they didn’t threaten her.

“The Golden Slipper is a race that shapes the breed in Australia, and she now gets her chance to contribute to that tradition.”

Vin Cox, Godolphin’s Managing Director for Australia, confirmed Kiamichi retires sound and healthy and that a mate is yet to be confirmed.

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