German import Lucas Cranach has persistent leg injuries and has officially retired.
The classy entire raced three times in Australia, running 5th in the Caulfield Cup in 2011 before a slashing 3rd under Corey Brown to Dunaden and Red Cadeaux in the Melbourne Cup.
He resumed in the autumn of 2012 and was an impressive first-up winner of the Group Two Peter Young Stakes 1800m (formerly the St. George Stakes) at Caulfield before a leg injury forced him out of the rest of the autumn.
He then suffered from bone chip to a sesamoid in the Spring of 2012.
After a re-scan of previous leg injury, Lucas Cranach has been officially retired as the injuries would not withstand further racing preparation.
Lucas Cranach is owned by the Australian Bloodstock and was trained by Anthony Freedman during his time in Australia.
By Owens Wong