Crystal Ocean suffered a leg injury during routine exercise in Newmarket on Thursday morning that has ended his racing career.

Sir Michael Stoute's stable star, who won the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot this season, was pulled up and dismounted halfway up the Warren Hill Polytrack canter and put into a horse ambulance under the supervision of vets Baker McVeigh.

Peter Stanley, spokesman for owner-breeder Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, said on Thursday: "Crystal Ocean has had two screws inserted in a hind cannon bone and has come through the surgery successfully. It should in no way affect his future stud career."

The five-year-old, who was a general 7-1 chance for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next month, had a glittering career for the Freemason Lodge and Beech Hurst team over the past four seasons, winning eight of his 17 races and more than £2 million in prize-money.

Crystal Ocean appeared better than ever this year and was named the world's best racehorse after landing his first Group 1 at Royal Ascot in June.

The following month he failed by just a neck to give 3lb to Enable, now ranked the world's best horse, in a memorable battle up the straight in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

It was a similar tale at York last month when the son of Sea The Stars again went down fighting when beaten a head by Japan in the Group 1 Juddmonte International.

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