Connections of black type performer Let Me Roar have been left to ponder what might have been in the wake of her recent retirement.
The curtain has come down on her brief, but successful career and the well-related 4-year-old will be a valuable addition to owner Windsor Park Stud's broodmare band.
"She's had a lot of leg issues and they've finally got to her," said Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker.
"There have been niggling problems all the way through with her. It's a real shame as she was so brilliant.
"It makes you wonder how good she could have been, it's scary to think what she could have done."
Let Me Roar was unbeaten in six appearances following her successful open class debut at Te Rapa in April and in one subsequent start she gained black type when a close third in the group 2 Easter Stakes.
"Her race record is pretty much impeccable and she's got the pedigree to go with it," Forsman said.
By Rip Van Winkle, Let Me Roar is a half-sister to the dual group 1 VRC Derby and Underwood Stakes winner Lion Tamer.
Meanwhile, talented filly Love Affair has made good progress since she was successful last month at Te Rapa, the third win of her four start career.
"She's heading to Rotorua on Saturday week, although we are a bit worried about the track for her. It could get pretty wet," Forsman said.
Bred and raced by Waikato Stud, the Savabeel filly's sole defeat came at Matamata where she was caught three wide without cover.
- NZ Racing Desk