The prospect of harming Aliyana Tilde's breeding career forced Kerry Parker to retire his multiple Group One placegetter, but former stable flagbearer Nextanix is likely to overcome his own tendon injury.
Parker was forced to bury any dreams of a Caulfield Cup berth when pulling the pin on Aliyana Tilde's racing career over the weekend following her scratching from the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Holding entries for all three of Melbourne's majors, the five-year-old will be fast tracked to the breeding barn after a tendon injury cut short her career.
Only Gwenda Markwell's Wyong Cup runner-up Peal Of Bells and stablemate Agent Bauer - plus Parker's Planet Purple - remain as Kembla Grange's rough hopes nominated for the Melbourne Cup.
Aliyana Tilde was being geared towards a Caulfield Cup-centric spring program, but will now be privately sold to a suitable stud.
"I pulled her out of the box on Saturday morning and she had a little bit of heat in that tendon," Parker said of the intended first-up run. "I wasn't going to risk her ... she's worth too much money.
"She's been my flag carrier for the last couple of years and the last couple of carnivals.
"They're very hard to replace, horses like her, especially in a smaller stable.
"She's part of the family here, she's lovely to deal with and she's got a great personality.
"She's going to be truly missed."
Aliyana Tilde bucked the trend of the Snitzel progeny by running out a strong two miles to finish third in this year's Sydney Cup.
It turned out to be the mare's last start, having earlier chased home Mosheen and Streama in the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and Australian Oaks (2400m) in her three-year-old season.
Aliyana Tilde, who finished her career with more than $360,000 in prize money, claimed her only stakes success in the Group Three Epona Stakes (1900m) in March.
"Her being a mare, she might as well go straight to stud now rather than having 12 months off," Parker said.
"She might be having a foal in that time."
Added owner Gordon Crockett: "For Kerry to be able to do the job with her has just been phenomenal.
"She was a great horse and she meant everything to us.
"She came back amazing for this preparation and she looked absolutely fantastic.
"We've got four or five more horses with Kerry and hopefully we can find another one, but I couldn't have asked anything more from her."
Aliyana Tilde's retirement was tempered with the news Parker's other stakes-proven stayer Nextanix is inching towards a racetrack return.
The Kembla Grange trainer was forced to shelve any hopes of a tilt at Melbourne's spring riches last year after Nextanix was diagnosed with a similar tendon complaint.
He has since undergone successful stem-cell treatment and is on track to return in autumn.