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USA Rombauer rolling onto Belmont
Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer looks set to contest the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, after his surprise victory at Pimlico. The colt has been shipped from Maryland to Belmont where his team will monitor his recovery ahead of the New York Classic on June 5.
“We will go ahead and go to Belmont,” said trainer Michael McCarthy. “We will get there and see how he is and where he is at and go from there.”
The Belmont is also under consideration for Preakness runner-up Midnight Bourbon, who has headed back to Churchill Downs. “All major three-year-old races are under consideration for the rest of the year,” said trainer Steve Asmussen.
• Read more on the Pimlico website
GB Master Of The Seas grounded
A Royal Ascot rematch between Master Of The Seas and Poetic Flare, who beat him a short head in the 2,000 Guineas, is off after the Godolphin colt suffered a setback.
The pair were due to clash in the St James’s Palace Stakes but Charlie Appleby reported Master Of The Seas had picked up an injury in training and would miss the meeting.
St James’s Palace Stakes betting (Ladbrokes): 7-4 St Mark’s Basilica, 4 Lucky Vega, Poetic Flare, 8 Mostahdaf, Highland Avenue, La Barrosa. 10 Battleground, Chindit, One Ruler, 14 bar.
Hong Kong Golden Sixty finished for the season
Hometown hero Golden Sixty will skip the final leg of Hong Kong’s Triple Crown, the Champions & Chater Cup, and will not reappear until next season when he could venture overseas for the first time.
The five-year-old took his winning streak to 14 and his career tally to 17 wins from 18 starts with victory in the G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin in April. Trainer Francis Lui said the Hong Kong International Races would be his main target next season but trips to Japan or Britain would also come into consideration.
• Read more on the South China Morning Post website
Japan Daring Tact injured
Daring Tact, the winner of the fillies’ Triple Crown last year, is on the sidelines after inflammation was found in her right fore. The four-year-old has been beaten in both starts this year, finishing third behind compatriot Loves Only You in Hong Kong’s QEII Cup on her latest start. She has been withdrawn from the G1 Takarazuka Kinen on June 27.
China New investment to deliver racing by 2025
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has signed an agreement to carry out an upgrade of Conghua Racecourse in Guangzhou, in mainland China, to turn it into an international standard track ready to host its first fixtures in 2025.
• Read more on the Racing Post website
Australia Ben Melham ready to return from ban
Five months of exile from racing will end for 17-time G1-winning jockey Ben Melham on May 24 when his disqualification for betting offences ends.
Melham, 32, one of the leading riders in Melbourne, was found guilty of “reprehensible” conduct when he admitted betting on horseracing through his partner’s account while he was injured. “I’m ready to move on and regain some of the faith I’ve probably lost within the industry,” he told Punters.com.
• Read more on the Punters.com website
Australia Realm Of Flowers earns golden ticket to Melbourne Cup
The 2021 Melbourne Cup has its first qualified runner after the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Realm Of Flowers won the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington, which offers a guaranteed start in the race.