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Marie Velon wins La Coupe with Iresine. Photo: France Galop/Scoop Dyga

France First Group win for Marie Velon on Iresine

Record-breaking rider Marie Velon rode her first Group winner when she guided Iresine to a seventh win on the bounce in the G3 La Coupe at ParisLongchamp on Sunday [June 13].

Trained by Jean-Pierre Gauvin, Iresine has won seven of his eight starts and is unbeaten under Velon, who set a new record for the most winners by a female jockey last year with 84 successes. The G2 Grand Prix de Deauville beckons.

• Read more at the Racing Post

France Three-month doping ban for Frederic Rossi

Classic-winning trainer Frederic Rossi has been issued with a three-month ban, suspended for five years, by France-Galop’s judicial commission over a case involving the colt Malandros, who was found to have been injected with a corticosteroid shortly before winning a race at Lyon in February.

Rossi, trainer of last year’s Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Dream And Do and champion two-year-old Sealiway, claimed to have been unaware of the treatment but the panel noted he had committed two recent similar breaches. The trainer subsequently announced he would appeal.

• Read the judgement on the France Galop website and more at Jour de Galop

USA Melancon 5000, Broberg 4,000

A couple of significant numbers last week in the US, starting with jockey Gerard Melancon, who on Thursday night [June 10] reached the career milestone of 5,000 winners when Reposado took the eighth at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.

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Gerard Melancon celebrates at Evangeline Downs after his 5,000th career winner. Photo: Coady

Prolific trainer Karl Broberg became the 13th trainer to saddle 4,000 North American winners when Baudette Blizzard scored at Prairie Meadows on Friday [June 11]. Chicago native Broberg, 50, ended the day with a five-timer also featuring winners at Evangeline and Lone Star.

• Read more about Melancon and Broberg at the Daily Racing Form

Zimbabwe Top trainer found guilty of steroid possession

Leading Zimbabwe trainer Bridget Stidolph has had her licence cancelled after a banned steroid was found in her stable – but the sentence is suspended for five years on condition she does not offend again.

The country’s champion trainer from 2016 to 2018 pleaded guilty after the substance Depo-Testosterone was found on her premises at Borrowdale racecourse in March. Stidolph, who was also fined R100,000 (£5,000), has the right to appeal against the severity of the sentence.

• Read more at the National Horseracing Authority website

Australia VRC Oaks winner off to Breeders’ Cup

Coolmore filly Personal, winner of the VRC Oaks for Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig, has joined Chad Brown in the US to be prepared for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar.

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France F1’s Charles Leclerc joins owning ranks

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Former French NBA player Tony Parker and Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc, partners in racehorse. Photo: Infinity Nine Media

Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has become the latest French sports star to be bitten by the horse racing bug. Leclerc, who drives for Ferrari, is to become part-owner of three-year-old Afghany, who is in training with Fabrice Chappet; he owns the horse in partnership with former NBA star Tony Parker.

• Read more at the France Galop website

Canada Woodbine reopens after COVID delay

After a two-month delay to the start of the season, Woodbine hosted its first race meeting of the year on Saturday; they will race four days a week until June 24.

• Read more at the Woodbine website

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