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Pyledriver: Coronation Cup winner ruled out of King George. Photo: Racenews

GB Pyledriver ruled out of King George by groin injury

Coronation Cup winner Pyledriver was ruled out of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes following a setback. Co-trainer William Muir said the four-year-old would be x-rayed and if the problem is only minor he could next appear in the Juddmonte International.

Top filly Love, Derby winner Adayar and Saudi Cup winner Mishriff are all on target for the G1 event at Ascot on Saturday [July 24].

King George betting (Coral): 6-4 Love, 15-8 Adayar, 9-2 Lone Eagle, 15-2 Mishriff, 14 Broome, 10 Wonderful Tonight, 33 Addeybb, Mogul, 40 Japan.

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USA Rombauer to target Saudi Cup in 2022

Preakness winner Rombauer is to be turned out in California for at least 60 days of rest after a dip in his training levels since his most recent race in the Belmont Stakes, in which he finished third. Trainer Michael McCarthy said he would return towards the end of the year and race as a four-year-old, when the Saudi Cup and Dubai World Cup would be among his goals.

• Read more at the Daily Racing Form

Australia Jockey Brendan Sweeney remains in coma

A 51-year-old jockey injured in a three-horse pile-up at Fannie Bay racecourse in Darwin in June has had a tracheotomy to improve his breathing but remains in an induced coma in hospital. Brendan Sweeney suffered bleeding to the brain, as well as a punctured lung and broken ribs, while Kim Gladwin, one of the other jockeys involved, has undergone surgery to drain a build-up of fluid around the heart.

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USA Mike Maker files new suit against Ramseys

Trainer Mike Maker has filed a court motion requesting summary judgment against leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey for training costs of more than $500,000 claiming the payments by instalments towards reducing the substantial debt stopped in May. Both Maker and Wesley Ward sued the Ramseys in March.

• Read more at the Paulick Report

Hong Kong International raceday gets purse boost

Prize-money for the Longines Hong Kong International Raceday in December has been increased to HK$100 million (£9.4m) after the Hong Kong Jockey Club boosted total prize-money for the 2021-2222 to a record HK$1.46 billion (£140m).

• Read more at Hong Kong Jockey Club

Australia New Sydney prize by Invitation only

Racing NSW has created a new A$2m (£1.07m) race for fillies and mares to be run during the Sydney Spring Carnival a week after The Everest. The Invitation will feature a field of 12 drawn exclusively from a list of invitees from Australia and New Zealand.

• Read more at RacingNSW

GB Al Aasy to be gelded after G1 near-miss

After two narrow defeats, including by Pyledriver in the G1 Coronation Cup, Al Aasy is set to undergo a gelding operation and not run again until September. The William Haggas-trained winner of three G3 races has been beaten a neck in his last two races.

• Read more at RacingTV

Australia Jockey banned for four months over horse swap

Leading Queensland jockey Ben Thompson has been banned for four months for his role in a jumpout in which a trainer is alleged to have hidden the real identity of the horse being trialled, a filly who went on to win on her racecourse debut.

Thompson, fourth in the Queensland metropolitan standings with 51 wins, pleaded guilty to two charges of giving false or misleading evidence and deleting phone evidence of communication between himself and trainer Vincent Finnegan.

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Canada Nine trainers seek return of prize-money over capsaicin positives

Nine trainers are seeking the return of over Can$200,000 in prize-money after they were absolved of blame for a rash of unexplained positive tests for the Class 2 drug capsaicin, which is an active component of chilli peppers.

• Read more at Canadian

Sweden Nicolaj Stott lands first Swedish Derby win

Nicolaj Stott, the jockey brother of British-based G1 winner Kevin Stott, won the Svensk Derby for the first time on the Danish-trained runner Stroxx Carlras at Jagersro Park on Sunday.

• Read more at Svensk Galopp

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