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Battaash: two-time Nunthorpe winner retired after Goodwood defeat. Photo: courtesy of Breeders’ Cup

GB Battaash retired after Goodwood defeat

Champion sprinter Battaash, the hugely popular gelding who won four times at G1 level, has been retired after his bid to land a fifth success in the G2 King George Stakes ended in seventh place at Goodwood.

Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum, who now owns Shadwell Estate, took the decision having concluded the Charlie Hills-trained star had lost his old spark as he slumped to his second defeat of the year after injury.

Battaash won 13 of his 25 starts, netting £1.7 million in prize-money which included two wins in the Nunthorpe Stakes, plus the King’s Stand Stakes and Prix de l’Abbaye.

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USA Prat’s seven-day ban for Haskell incident

Flavien Prat has received a seven-day ban for his ride on Hot Rod Charlie, who was disqualified from first place in the G1 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, where victory was awarded to Mandaloun. 

The stewards found the jockey had not made sufficient effort to prevent his horse drifting in front of Midnight Bourbon, who subsequently clipped the heels of Hot Rod Charlie and unshipped jockey Paco Lopez, at the track where use of the whip is forbidden, except for safety.

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Ireland Three-year-old wins two-year-old race after ID mix-up

An embarrassing identity mix-up resulted in a Jessica Harrington-trained three-year-old handicapper winning a maiden race for two-year-olds at Galway. The first past the post had to be disqualified after it was discovered that the race in which the trainer was due to run debutante Alzarine had in fact been won by Aurora Princess, an intended runner later on the card.

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USA Medina Spirit back in work

Medina Spirit, who tested positive for a banned substance after his victory in the Kentucky Derby, has returned to the worktab at Del Mar where he completed his first recorded spin in over six weeks. The Bob Baffert-trained colt has not run since finishing third in the Preakness Stakes.

• Read more at the Daily Racing Form

Japan Stella Veloce out of Arc

Stella Veloce, one of six Japanese horses entered in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, will not make the trip to France. The colt, who finished third in both the Japanese Derby and 2,000 Guineas, will focus on targets at home.

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USA Bejarano suspension lifted

Rafael Bejarano has returned to action at Ellis Park after the track and Kentucky officials lifted an order which had temporarily barred him from riding in the state. The jockey was ejected from Ellis Park last month following an allegation of sexual harassment, which his agent said had been the result of a misunderstanding.

• Read more at the Bloodhorse

Australia Brendan Sweeney out of coma

Darwin jockey Brendan Sweeney, seriously injured in a three horse pile-up, is talking again after weeks in an induced coma.

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