Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer are unlikely to be seen much this autumn (Image: Racing Photos)

Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup (Image: Racing Photos)

Rekindling retired to stud

The 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling has been retired to stud.

Part-owner Lloyd Williams confirmed the news on Wednesday in a text message, indicating the son of High Chaparral would stand next year in Europe.

Rekindling's win as a Northern Hemisphere three-year-old carved out a new record for the race as Joseph O'Brien became the youngest trainer, at 24, to claim the Melbourne Cup.

Rekindling did not race for 18 months following his Melbourne Cup triumph and he only returned for the one start in the Australian Cup at Flemington in March this year, where he failed to beat a runner home.

He raced just 11 times across both hemispheres but in that time contested an Epsom Derby and won a Group 2 Curragh Cup in Ireland before making history in Melbourne.

The six-year-old was not among the six Cox Plate entries from Williams' Macedon stables when nominations closed on Tuesday, but in good news for the six-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner his best-established gallopers Yucatan, Homesman and Johannes Vermeer were all entered.

Williams indicated the trio would begin their spring assaults next month in either the $250,000 G2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on September 7 or in the $750,000 G1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington the following week.

The other three Cox Plate nominations from the stable were Galileo six-year-old Douglas Macarthur and five-year-old Frankel horse Nelson, who have both been in Australia for some time although unraced, as well as newcomer Kenya, a Galileo five-year-old.

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