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Joan Of Arc: completed a full set of Classics for Aidan O’Brien in the Prix de Diane. Photo: Scoopdyga

France Full house of Classics for O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien has won every Classic in Europe’s three major European racing nations, Ireland, Britain and France, after Joan Of Arc gave him his first victory in the Prix de Diane on Sunday [June 20].

The Ballydoyle trainer turned to ‘supersub’ Ioritz Mendizabal to complete the feat, who in tandem with O’Brien has won three of the four Classics run in France this year. He has won a total of 94 Classics in the three countries: 45 in Ireland, 40 in the UK and nine in France.

• Read more at the Racing Post

USA Chicago Bears make bid for Arlington

Historic Arlington Park could become the new home of the Chicago Bears after the NFL team submitted a bid for the track, which has been put up for sale by owners Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs said they were looking at a number of “strong proposals from numerous parties” for the venue which is in the middle of its final meet.

• Read more at Horse Racing Nation

Ireland Lucky Vega retired to stud after Royal Ascot

Lucky Vega, a G1 winner at two, has been retired to stud midway through his three-year-old campaign. Owners Yulong Investments announced the colt, winner of the Phoenix Stakes and third in the 2,000 Guineas under Jessica Harrington, would take up stallion duties in Australia after he finished second to Poetic Flare in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes.

• Read more at the Racing Post

USA Jockeys Guild drops insurance cover for riders at Monmouth

Jockeys riding at Monmouth Park, where strict New Jersey rules forbidding use of the whip except for safety are in force, have been informed they will no longer be provided with insurance cover by the Jockeys Guild. The Guild told members that the regulations increased the risk of injury or loss of life to riders.

• Read more at the Paulick Report

Hong Kong Caspar Fownes trains five-timer to take control in trainers’ championship

Caspar Fownes seized the upper hand in his battle for the 2020-21 trainers’ championship with John Size with a Sha Tin five-timer on Sunday that included wins in the season’s final two Group races. Fownes, bidding for a fourth title, leads 11-time champion Size 74-67 with seven meetings left.

• Read more at the Hong Kong Jockey Club website

Australia John Moore trains first winner

Hong Kong training legend John Moore has trained his first winner on his own since setting up a stable in Gold Coast. Moore, who trained in Hong Kong for 35 years where he became the region’s winning-most trainer, moved to Gold Coast after briefly working in partnership with brother Gary on his return to his native Australia.

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