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Australia Royal Ascot plans ditched as Bivouac is retired
Yet another top sprinter has fallen off the Royal Ascot trail after Godolphin’s Bivouac was retired following a lacklustre run in the TJ Smith Stakes won by Nature Strip.
Last year’s winner of the G1 Darley Sprint, in which he beat Nature Strip, was only fifth at Randwick last Saturday [April 10], his third disappointing start in a row.
“It wasn’t the Bivouac that we were expecting, he’s telling us that he’s now ready to head off to stud,” trainer James Cummings told RSN’s Correct Weight show.
Bivouac was second favourite for the King’s Stand Stakes, from which US star Golden Pal has also been ruled out, while Battaash, who heads the betting, is not certain to make the race after a winter setback.
Royal Ascot ambitions have also been paused this year for Nature Strip, but not permanently. Part-owner Rod Lyons told Correct Weight: “If he is in this form next year and Covid is under control we will definitely be going to Ascot.”
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GB Grimthorpe steps down
The man who became synonymous with Khalid Abdullah superstars Frankel and Enable plus a host of other champions, Teddy Grimthorpe, is stepping down as Juddmonte racing manager after 22 years.
Lord Grimthorpe represented Prince Khalid during a golden period for the late owner-breeder. He was responsible for over 3,000 horses trained across Europe, of which 1,400 won over 2,400 races, nearly 100 at G1 level.
“Of course I am sad to leave but, with the Prince’s death two months ago and over 20 years as his racing manager, now is the right time,” he said.
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Ireland Bolshoi Ballet second favourite for Derby
Bolshoi Ballet is 12-1 second favourite for the Cazoo Derby behind Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate High Definition after a fluent victory in the G3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday [April 11]. Another Ballydoyle colt, Sir Lamorak, is a 20-1 chance after recording an easy win in the 1m2f handicap on the same card.
Derby betting (Ladbrokes): 100-30 High Definition, 12 Bolshoi Ballet, 14 Van Gogh, 16 Mac Swiney, Wembley, 20 Cleveland, One Ruler, Sir Lamorak, Uncle Bryn, 25 bar
Canada Woodbine delayed again by Covid
The launch of the new season at Woodbine has been postponed for a second year by the Covid pandemic, after a state of emergency that includes a 28-day stay-at-home order was declared in Ontario.
Racing was due to get under way on April 17 but the restrictions will be in place until May 6, leaving Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson to warn: “This situation has the potential to have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the thoroughbred industry in Ontario.”
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Germany Death of Adlerflug
Germany’s top stallion Adlerflug, who sired 2020 Deutsches Derby winner and Arc runner-up In Swoop, has died of a heart problem at the age of 17. From the family of Galileo and Sea The Stars, Adlerflug won the 2007 German Derby by seven lengths and has sired G1 winners In Swoop, Torquator Tasso and Iquitos.
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