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Australia Moody to train Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise
Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody is to take over the training of hot prospect Incentivise, who shot to the head of the Melbourne Cup betting after recording a 12-length victory in the G3 Tattersalls Cup on Saturday [June 25].
The four-year-old gelding was posting his sixth win a row at Eagle Farm on his final start for Steve Tregea, who also bred the horse and has sold a 50% stake to a group of investors who include Sir Dragonet owner Ozzie Kheir.
• Read more at news.com.au
USA Saudi Cup runner-up Charlatan retired
Charlatan, who has not raced since suffering the first defeat of his career at the hands of Mishriff in the Saudi Cup in February, has been retired to stud. The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old won four of his five starts including two G1s but was taken off the worktab in April.
• Read more at the Daily Racing Form
Japan Ryusei Sakai to ride Deep Bond in Arc
Japanese jockey Ryusei Sakai will travel to France later this year to partner Deep Bond in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Sakai, 24, who has ridden in Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, will be making his first trip to Europe to ride the Tenno Sho (Spring) runner-up.
• Read more at Netkeiba.com
France Pouliches winner bought by Katsumi Yoshida
A buying spree by Japan’s leading owner-breeders the Yoshida brothers has resulted in Coeursamba, the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained winner of the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, being bought by Katsumi Yoshida.
Katsumi has also purchased G1 Prix Saint Alary winner Incarville, trained by David Smaga, while brother Teruya is the new owner of Tahlie, a G2 winner for Pascal Bary. She will now join Roger Varian.
• Read more at the Racing Post
Japan Leading trainer banned in rare case
G1-winning trainer Masahiro Otake has been suspended for two months and the 58 horses in his care moved to another trainer after one of his runners tested positive for caffeine.
Otake, 51, who enjoyed his biggest success with Blast Onepiece in the 2018 Arima Kinen, is only the third trainer since 1989 to receive a suspension in a case involving a prohibited substance.
• Read more at Tokyo Sports
UAE Stewards hand out big penalties to five trainers
Five trainers have been banned by the Emirates Racing Authority for drug positives, one involving the use of a performance-enhancing steroid and the rest cobalt.
Mujeeb Rahman was disqualified for two years after a blood sample from one of his horses was found to contain the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Ali Al Rayhi is the best known of four trainers to receive 12-month bans.
• Read more at the Emirates Racing Authority
Australia Jockey in coma in Darwin after race fall
A 51-year-old jockey is in an induced coma in hospital after his mount was brought down in a three-horse pile-up in a race at Fannie Bay racecourse in Darwin on Saturday [June 25]. Brendan Sweeney suffered bleeding to the brain, as well as a punctured lung and broken ribs. The two other jockeys involved were also hospitalised while one of the horses had to be euthanised.
• Read more at Racenet.com
Hong Kong Exultant heads into retirement
Hong Kong said farewell to last season’s horse of the year Exultant, who was given a special retirement ceremony at Sha Tin. The five-time G1 winner is second in the all-time list of prize-money winners.
• Read more at the Hong Kong Jockey Club
Turkey Seven up for Celik
Jockey Ahmet Celik took his extraordinary Derby-winning streak to a historic seven in a row on Sunday [June 27] when he won the Gazi Derby, Turkey’s premier Classic, on Burgas at Istanbul’s Veliefendi racecourse.
• Read more at the Hurriyet Daily News