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Sodashi: Japan’s white wonder set to return in Sapporo Kinen. Photo: Masakazu Takahashi

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Japan Sodashi to return in Sapporo Kinen

Idol horse Sodashi will return next month for her first race since suffering the first defeat of her career in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks). The three-year-old winner of the Oka Sho [Japanese 1,000 Guineas] will take on older horses for the first time in the G2 Sapporo Kinen over 2,000m on August 22.

• Read more at Tokyo Sports

USA 730-day drugs ban for Parx trainer

Stewards in Pennsylvania have suspended trainer Richard Vega for 730 days following the discovery of 21 loaded syringes, 18 needles plus one filled intravenous bag and catheter in a drugs raid on premises at Parx racecourse. Vega, whose 1,100 plus wins have earned him a place in the Parx hall of fame, has lodged an appeal and is seeking a stay of suspension.

• Read more at the Paulick Report

Ireland Arc-bound Tarnawa to return next month

Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa is being readied for a return to action at Cork or Leopardstown in August when she will start a campaign that will have the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as the main goal. Trainer Dermot Weld said the Aga Khan’s star mare would run in either the Give Thanks or Ballyroan Stakes.

• Read more at the Racing Post

Japan Lei Papale out of Arc reckoning

One of Japan’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe entries, Lei Papale, will not travel to France this year and will pursue a domestic campaign. The filly sprang a shock in April when she beat superstars Contrail and Gran Alegria in the G1 Osaka Hai.

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GB Hayley Turner in slimmed-down Shergar Cup

Hayley Turner, the most successful jockey in the history of the Shergar Cup, is the first star name announced for the 20th edition of the Ascot event. She will lead the ‘Girls Team’ at Ascot on August 7 at a fixture unlikely to feature any riders from outside Europe owing to pandemic travel restrictions.

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France Arc contender Mare Australis injured

Mare Australis, who entered the Arc reckoning when making his G1 breakthrough in the Pix Ganay in May, has been sidelined by an ankle injury and will not run again until the autumn at the earliest.

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Japan Dubai second Chuwa Wizard out for three months

Dubai World Cup runner-up Chuwa Wizard is expected to be out of action for at least three months after suffering a leg fracture. The six-year-old, who made his G1 breakthrough on dirt in last December’s Champions Cup, was sixth at Oi last month on his first start since finishing 3¾ lengths behind Mystic Guide in Meydan.

• Read more at Tokyo Sports

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