Shiekh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's star Postponed has reportedly been retired following a stress fracture.
By Dubawi out of a Dubai Destination mare he was born on 4th April 2011 and following a minor win as a two year old he shot to prominence as a three year old when he won the Great Voltiguer at York then trained by Luca Cumani beating the now Aussie trained Hartnell.
The next season didn't start so well with defeats at Sandown and in Ireland before a nightmare barging match with Eagle Top in the Hardwicke Stakes.
He was to return to Ascot that season for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Heavy Rain in the run up to the race had led the John Gosden trained Derby Golden Horn to be withdrawn at the eleventh hour, along with the french raider Flintshire and Postponed was left to face his old foe Eagle Top. Adam Kirby had been replaced by now with Andre Atzeni and was sent of a 6/1 chance.
Tracking the leader into the straight he kicked clear and stole a lead on Eagle Top and Frankie Dettori, deep inside the final furlong Dettori got to the front, but Postponed was not to be denied and fought back tenaciously on the inside to record his first Group 1 success.
From there he went from strength to strength, rapidly establishing himself as one of the horses to beat in that seasons Arc, he took the Prix Foy but three days later it was announced that he was moving yards along with all of the owners horses. He was now trained by Roger Varian.
He was next seen in Dubai where he took two races The Dubai City of Gold and the Dubai Sheema Classic. He was the horse to beat now over a mile and a half on the turf. He returned to Europe at Epsom in the aptly named Coronation Stakes. He started odds on and settled in behind his pacemaker he did not have a moments concern in dismantling three Group One winning fillies in Found (subsequent Arc winner), Simple Verse (lever winner) and Arabian Queen (Juddmonte conqueror of Golden Horn). Hitting the front just over two out he strode further and further clear without Atzeni ever becoming too serious in the saddle. A regal performance!
His next run following a spell on the sidelines was the Juddmonte at York. Dropping in trip the big question was did he have the pace to mix it with the top mile and a quarter horses. No such fears, as he hit the front and cleared away from Highland Reel scoring by almost two lengths.
Could anything beat him ?? His last race that season was the Arc where he was ultimately disappointing following an horrendous passage in the race. He was eclipsed by the previously vanquished Found and finished fifth, in a race that just didn't go his way.
His final season saw him go back to Dubai where he was beaten in The City of Gold before coming up against a resurgent Jack Hobbs in the Sheema Classic.
It didn't end on a high but £4.3million in prize money and a career record of 17 races 9 wins he was the top rated British horse in 2016 with a career that showed him as the class act he was.