Ascot hero Prohibit retired

Robert Cowell's Royal Ascot winner Prohibit has been retired after finishing down the field at Southwell last month.

Winner of the King's Stand Stakes under Jim Crowley in 2011, he was also third in the Nunthorpe that season and won a Group Three at Longchamp.

The nine-year-old has run without success on the all-weather this winter and his group of owners decided the time has come to call it a day.

"He's been officially retired," said Cowell.

"The owners had a discussion and decided it was best to retire him. There are other roles for him in the equine world and he can start a new chapter of his life.

"He owes nobody anything. They paid quite a substantial fee for him (85,000gns) but were wonderfully rewarded.

"As well as a lot of big meetings domestically he also took us to France and Meydan and we enjoyed some great days. He was an absolute success story.

"He just got on the roll in 2011. There isn't a massive difference between the top handicaps and the Group Ones and if you get the lucky breaks it makes all the difference.

"I've been honoured to have trained a horse as good as him and am always looking for the next one. One lives in hope."