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Joseph O’Brien, whose Spring Carnival hopes Pondus and Dawn Patrol are to join Robert Hickmott in Australia. Photo: Breeders’ Cup/Bill Denver/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Ireland Pondus and Dawn Patrol head to Australia

Pondus and Dawn Patrol have left Joseph O’Brien’s stable on a one-way ticket to Australia, where they will join the stable of Robert Hickmott to be prepared for the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

They were among nine horses owned by seven-time Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams to depart last week for Victoria, where they must complete 14 days’ quarantine.

• Read more at Racing.com


GB Eye infection rules Pinatubo out of breeding season

A viral eye infection has prevented first-season sire Pinatubo travelling to Australia for the breeding season. Godolphin said they had taken vet’s advice to keep the 2019 champion two-year-old at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket but did not rule out a visit in 2022.

• Read more at Darley.com


USA Montalvo and Lopez fall foul of Monmouth whip rules

Monmouth Park stewards have issued their first bans since the introduction of controversial whip rules which forbid the use of the riding crop except for safety. Carlos Montalvo and Carlos Eduardo Lopez were both suspended for five days and fined $500.

• Read more at the Paulick Report


GB Inspiral favourite for 1,000 Guineas

Inspiral, a daughter of Frankel out of 1,000 Guineas runner-up Starscope, is the new favourite for the 1,000 Guineas after a stylish victory in a Listed race at Sandown last week under Frankie Dettori for owner-breeder Cheveley Park Stud and trainers John and Thady Gosden.

1,000 Guineas betting (Coral): 12 Inspiral, 14 Sandrine, 20 Tuesday, 25 Concert Hall, Discoveries, Hello You, Prettiest.

• Read more at RacingTV.com


Ireland Van Gogh retired to stud in Japan

Van Gogh, winner of the G1 Criterium International at two, has run his last race for Aidan O’Brien. Also third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the son of American Pharoah has been sold as a stallion to the East Stud in Urukawa, Hokkaido.


USA Development in Servis/Navarro doping scandal

A drug company sales director indicted as part of the doping scandal that has embrolied trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro has pleaded guilty to the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Michael Kegley Jr will be sentenced in November. 

• Read more on US Department of Justice website


South Africa G1 rider Callan Murray moving to Australia

Nine-time G1-winning rider Callan Murray is leaving his homeland to continue his career in Australia after securing a visa. The former champion apprentice is due to leave South Africa in early August and will set up base in South Australia.

• Read more at Racing.com


USA Bejarano barred from Kentucky tracks over sexual harassment claim

Two-time Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey Rafael Bejarano, 39, has been barred from riding at all tracks in Kentucky while stewards investigate allegations of sexual harassment following an incident at Ellis Park this month.

• Read more at the Daily Racing Form


GB Oxted sidelined until next season

King’s Stand Stakes winner Oxted will not run again this year after undergoing knee surgery following his third place in the July Cup.

• Read more at the Racing Post

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