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Enable: dual Arc winner is in foal to Kingman. Photo: Qipco British Champions Series

GB Enable in foal to Kingman

After a Valentine’s Day union with Kingman, Enable, the dual Arc winner and three-time King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner has been scanned in foal.

Enable retired in October shortly after finishing sixth in the Arc, with a record of 15 wins from 19 starts, earning prize-money of £10.7 million. Juddmonte Farms said in a tweet: “15 days after covering, champion Enable was this morning successfully scanned in foal to Kingman. Hopefully an exciting new chapter in this remarkable mare’s story.”

On the other hand, Juddmonte broke some sad news on Monday when it was announced that Kind, the dam of Frankel, had died days after foaling a colt by Kingman, She was 20.

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USA Doug O’Neill hit with 30-day drugs ban

Dual Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill has blamed “environmental contamination” for a drugs positive for which he was handed a 30-day suspension (20 suspended provided there are no further violations in the next year) and fined $7,500 under a settlement agreed with the California Horse Racing Board. The ban followed the discovery of traces of lidocaine in a sample taken from the horse Howbeit after finishing second in a race at Santa Anita last October.

Read more at the Paulick Report


Australia John and Gary Moore part ways

Six months after celebrating the first winner of their new training partnership, John and Gary Moore are going their separate ways.

Legendary trainer John joined his brother in Sydney after his 35-year reign in Hong Kong, where he became the most successful trainer in HK racing history, came to an end last August.

“It is an amicable split between brother John and I,” Gary Moore told At The Track. John Moore is expected to seek his own stables both in Sydney and on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

• Read more at Racenet.com


Australia Tom Marquand rides first winner of Sydney trip

On his 17th ride since he returned to New South Wales for his latest stay, Tom Marquand partnered his first winner. Mossman Gorge was the horse who carried the jockey known as ‘Aussie Tom’ to his victory at Canberra on Sunday.

Marquand, 22, who rode 26 winners during last year’s trip, is expected to stay in Australia until April to ride the William Haggas-trained Addeybb in his two assignments, the first of which is the G1 Ranvet Stakes on March 20 at Rosehill Gardens.


Dubai Pakistan Star ruled out after setback

Cult horse Pakistan Star’s first season in Dubai will be limited to a single outing after his trainer Doug Watson revealed he had been troubled with a foot problem since he debuted on dirt in December, his first run in over 12 months, which prevented him appearing during the Dubai Carnival, which ended on Saturday.

“He has had a little bit of a foot injury – it’s nothing too serious but it was serious enough to have to stop,” the trainer told the South China Morning Post of the ex-Hong Kong star. “It’s not career-ending hopefully, he has been really fun to train and it would be great to try him at least once on the turf over here.”

• Read more at the South China Morning Post website

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Pakistan Star: has been kept off the track by a minor foot issue. Photo: Erika Rasmussen

NZ Track invader sentenced for ‘moment of madness’

A spectator who put his life at risk and endangered horses and jockeys when walking onto the track at Trentham in the middle of a race has been sentenced to 100 hours community work, 12 hours supervision and ordered to pay $8,880 (£4,500) in compensation. Justin Bergman, 24, pleaded guilty to charges of disrupting a meeting and criminal nuisance in what Judge Craig Thompson described as “an alcohol-fuelled moment of complete madness”.

Read more on the New Zealand Herald website


USA Darain strikes on second start for Brad Cox

Qatar Racing and Watership Down Stud’s Darain has opened his account in the United States after he was the comfortable winner of an allowance race on turf at Fair Grounds on Saturday. The four-year-old colt, a brother of Too Darn Hot who fetched 3.5m guineas in 2018 to become the most expensive yearling sold in Europe, moved to Brad Cox after winning two of his four starts for John Gosden.

• Watch Darain’s victory on the Fair Grounds website


Bahrain Dubai no-go for Dark Power

Leading sprinter Dark Power, narrowly denied a memorable Saudi Cup day double under Frankie Dettori when he was run down by Godolphin’s Space Blues in the $1m 1361 Turf Sprint, will miss the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on March 27.

The Bahraini-trained seven-year-old is a 6-1 chance for the G1 contest. “We have decided not to go to Dubai and let Dark Power down,” said trainer Allan Smith. “He hasn’t had a busy season but, we feel the straight six wouldn’t suit him and there’s nothing here for him. I shall try and get him to Saudi next year but, neither of us are getting any younger!”

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