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Dubai Ryan Moore to ride Japanese sprinter
Ryan Moore has been booked to ride Japanese star Red Le Zele in the Dubai Golden Shaheen on the World Cup card on March 27. The five-year-old, a G3 winner in Tokyo in January, is trained by Takayuki Yasuda, for whom Moore partnered Danon Smash to victory in the Hong Kong Sprint in December.
Red Le Zele has won seven of his 16 starts and on his latest start finished fourth behind Cafe Pharoah in the G1 February Stakes over 1m, but will return to 6f on the dirt at Meydan.
Japan will have a typically strong presence at Meydan with Champions Cup winner Chuwa Wizard, ninth in the Saudi Cup, travelling on to the UAE for the World Cup. Copano Kicking, Matera Sky and Justin – first, second and sixth in the the Riyadh Dirt Sprint – are also set for the Shaheen, while Saudi Derby winner Pink Kamehameha runs in the UAE Derby.
The death of the colt’s granddam Cesario, winner of both the Japanese Oaks and American Oaks and dam of stallions Epiphaneia and Saturnalia, was announced at the weekend.
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USA Sovereign joins Chad Brown
From one great trainer to another, the 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign has left Aidan O’Brien to continue his career with Chad Brown.
The five-year-old made his last appearance for O’Brien was in the Middle East in November where he finished third, beaten a neck, in the Bahrain International Trophy. The son of Galileo is now at Payson Park training centre in Florida, where last week he appeared on the worktab as part of the Brown string.
USA Arlington up for sale
There was dismay around the racing world at the news that Arlington Park, Chicago’s storied racetrack, is being put up for sale by its Churchill Downs Incorporated [CDI] owners.
While CDI has committed to staging this year’s April to September meet, they are offering the 326-acre site as a “unique redevelopment opportunity”. Once a sale is completed the racing licence would be transferred to another location in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.
Secretariat, Cigar and Citation are among the greats to have graced Arlington since it opened in 1927, while the Arlington Million, the first thoroughbred horse race to offer a $1 million purse, was regularly patronised by European stables.
• Read more on the Churchill Downs website
GB Holland and Fallon form new training alliance
Around 70 years of racing knowhow has combined for a new venture in which G1 winning jockey Darryll Holland will train from his own stables with Kieren Fallon, the six-time British champion, as his assistant.
Holland, who until last year was still riding, spending the summer in Toronto, Canada, has launched his new career from Harraton Court Stables in Exning, near Newmarket, with a string of around 20 horses.
• Find out more at the Harraton Court Stables website
Italy Jockeys in hospital after three-horse pile-up
Jockey Gavino Sanna is in hospital in Pisa after being injured in a three-horse pile-up at the city’s racetrack on Sunday [Feb 28]. Sanna fractured several ribs and punctured a lung in the accident, which happened on the bend into the straight during the third race. Marco Monteriso suffered a broken finger and Maikol Arras escaped with bruising, according to the Equos website.
• More at the Equos website
GB Crowds expected back in May
Racing has begun preparing for the easing of restrictions following the government’s announcement of its roadmap out of lockdown which could see betting shops reopening on April 12 and spectators returning to racecourses from May 17 – as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall. It would allow up 4,000 people a day to attend the Derby and Royal Ascot with limits on attendance for larger events in place until June 21.
• Full story at the Racing Post website